The Immorality and Ineffectiveness of Physical and Psychological Torture
The conference in Newcastle mid-October brought together police, military and intelligence practitioners as well as academic researchers.
Gisle Kvanvig from NCHR was one of three keynote speakers at the event hosted by The Forensic Psychology Research Group, Newcastle University. The other two were Professor of Forensic Psychology Gisli Gudjonsson and former US Counter terrorism official Mark Fallon.
Kvanvig's presentation theorised investigative interviewing's relation to popular sovereignty by way of the rule of law and human rights. The objective was to link theory and practice with reference to NCHR's ongoing work with law enforcement agencies in Asia and with global standards at the UN.
Global standards to enhance the Rule of Law
Gísli Gudjonsson presented on false confessions and mental health with a particular focus on interviewees' potential vulnerabilities. Mark Fallon presented on the cost and consequence of state sponsored torture in the USA. This in relation to his book Unjustifiable Means, which was published on 24 October 2017.
The conference underscored the need for global standards for the questioning of victims, witnesses and suspects of crime and political violence based on the principles of investigative interviewing. Such standards will generate reliable, accurate and actionable intelligence and evidence; aid cross jurisdictional cooperation and information sharing in criminal investigations and counter terrorism; counter errors of justice; and reduce the use of manipulation, violence and torture. Ultimately they enhance the rule of law and state legitimacy.