Lecture ”Critiques of Torture, Weak and Strong"
Ron Hassner (UC Berkeley)
Date: November 24, 2017 (Fri) 17:30-19:00 (17:00 Open)

Venue: Room 549, Akamon General Research Building, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
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Speaker: Ron Hassner (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley)
About Prof. Hassner

Abstract: What do we know about the use of torture in counter-terrorism interrogations? How and when does it work, if at all? I draw on evidence from 20th and early 21st century cases to explore weak and strong critiques of US torture practices. I argue that even in limited situations in which interrogational torture is effective, it is slow, can easily spiral out of control, and can have negative long-term effects.