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date: 19 June 2021

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This chapter examines torture in relation to rescue, prevention, and punishment, beginning with a discussion of what torture is and the differences among various legal and philosophical conceptions of torture. It analyses the legal definitions of torture proposed by the UN Convention Against Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the US Torture Statute; Henry Shue; and David Sussman. These conceptions of torture focus on the type of pain and suffering being inflicted as well as their purposes and by whom and when they are inflicted. The chapter considers hypothetical cases that address whether torture is permissible and involve officials who know the perpetrator and expect what he would do. It also explores other categories of people whom it might be useful to torture aside from a perpetrator whose being tortured will save only his own victim from the harm he would cause.

Keywords: torture, rescue, prevention, punishment, US Torture Statute (USTS), Shue, Sussman, suffering, harm, statistical deaths

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