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Title: Challenges to the prevention of torture in crisis situations : the case of Sudan
Author: Renzulli, Isobel Lucy
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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The present study seeks to contribute to the existing debates surrounding the prevention of torture in a number of different ways. At a general and broader level, the thesis engages with a number of definitional and conceptual challenges when approaching the question of torture and its prevention. In particular the thesis seeks to provide a theoretical and conceptual analysis of one of the most under-conceptualized aspects of the prevention of torture: the general duty to prevent. On a narrower and more specific level, the study examines some of the challenges the implementation of torture prevention faces in a country characterised by a persistent crisis situation and seeks to analyze how international human rights bodies have dealt with the challenges arising in the Sudanese context of quasi-permanent states of emergency and the regulatory approaches devised to foster the implementation of human rights and torture preventive obligations. From the thesis it emerges that both the conceptualization and the implementation of torture prevention defies any monolithic or unidimensional analytical framework and requires a nuanced and critical multilevel analysis in order to become a meaningful tool at a national and supranational level. The study reveals that there are many practices and implementation processes linked to torture prevention that need to be carefully scrutinized and critically dissected and that, while not providing a panacea or silver bullet in terms of eradicating the practice of torture, can yield significant findings that may contribute to the strengthening of the torture preventive legal apparatus.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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