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Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

Steven J. Barela, Mark Fallon, Gloria Gaggioli, and Jens David Ohlin


This volume delves into interrogation and torture at a unique moment as two novel and significant developments unfurl: (1) emerging scientific research reveals non-coercive methods to be the most effective interrogation techniques; (2) efforts are made to integrate this science and practice into international law and global policing initiatives. Of initial import, readers will find contributions presenting some of the burgeoning research to offer an introduction into the scientific literature. Also of genuine value, details are put forward of how this knowledge and science is being brought to ... More

Keywords: interrogation, torture, efficacy, legality, morality, non-coercive interviews, rapport building, information gathering, human rights, Guantánamo Bay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190097523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190097523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Barela, editor
Research and Teaching Fellow, Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva

Mark Fallon, editor
Director, ClubFed, LLC

Gloria Gaggioli, editor
Swiss National Science Foundation Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Steven J. Barela and Jens David Ohlin

Part One Identifying Torture

2 Personality Disruption as Mental Torture

David Luban and Katherine S. Newell*

Part Two The Emergent Science and Effective Practice of Interrogation

4 The HIG Project

Mark Fallon and Susan E. Brandon*

5 Developing Rapport and Trust in the Interrogative Context

Laure Brimbal, Colonel Steven M. Kleinman (Ret.), Simon Oleszkiewicz, and Christian A. Meissner

6 Investigative Interviewing

Ray Bull and Asbjørn Rachlew

7 Interrogating the Brain

Shane O’Mara

Part Three Strains on Professionals and Professionalism

8 Professional Standards in the Aftermath of Torture

Stephen Soldz and Steven Reisner

10 Beyond Ethics on the Sly

M. Gregg Bloche*

Part Four Reviewing Legal Efforts to Constrain Torture

13 Unmasking the Challenges

Gloria Gaggioli and Pavle Kilibarda

Part Five A Fresh View on Enduring Moral Debates

15 Justifying Too Much

Bob Brecher*

Part Six A Future without Interrogational Torture

17 Preventing Torture: What Works?

Mark Thomson and Barbara Bernath

18 Repairing the Damage from Illegal Acts of State

Claire Finkelstein and Brigadier General Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. (Ret.)*

19 Drinking from a Poisoned Chalice

Brigadier General John G. Baker, Mary E. Spears, and Katherine S. Newell*


Alberto Mora

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