Human Rights: Torture

  • J. Jeremy WisnewskiEmail author
Reference work entry
Part of the International Human Rights book series (IHR)


Several aspects of torture are considered in the following chapter. The first section “Definitions of Torture” presents several definitions of torture. In the second section, “The History of Torture,” a brief history of torture in Europe illuminates the role torture has historically played in the legal system. In the third and fourth sections, “Moral and Legal Permissibility” and “The Ticking-Bomb Scenario,” a survey of some of the recent arguments for and against torture is offered. The final section, “Torture and Interrogation,” discusses the evidence surrounding the (in)effectiveness of torture.


Torture Interrogation Ticking-Bomb Scenario 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hartwick CollegeOneontaUSA

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