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Officially Induced Error: A Defence for Torture?

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dc.contributor.author Thomas, Kym
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T23:50:32Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-01T22:05:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T23:50:32Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-01T22:05:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2010
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/28041
dc.description.abstract This paper seeks to address the question can ‘officially induced error’ be a defence to the crime of torture in international criminal law? This question is answered within the context of the “torture memos” relied upon by senior U.S officials to implement interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan that amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The role that these legal memoranda played in the development of the illegal interrogation policy provides a useful basis for investigating the appropriateness and limitations of the defence of officially induced error as it may be applied in international criminal law. Domestically a number of nation states have implemented versions of the officially induced error defence on the premise that such a defence is necessary on policy grounds where the defendant does not have the requisite criminal intent because they relied on incorrect advice on the law. This paper concludes that the defence of officially induced error may have a place in international criminal law, but it should not succeed in the U.S. example because of the clear customary legal obligation to treat detainees humanely. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Torture en_NZ
dc.subject International criminal law en_NZ
dc.title Officially Induced Error: A Defence for Torture? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 390111 International Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Law en_NZ

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