The Evolutionary Definition of Torture and Legal Certainty

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Comments on R. v Reeves-Taylor (Agnes) (SC) on the application of "person acting in an official capacity" in the Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.134(1) to conduct by insurgent forces. Considers why Lord Reed's dissenting judgment might be preferred, by reference to the approach of international law authorities, rules of interpretation, inconsistency in decisions of the UN Committee Against Torture and the law's temporal scope of application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-548
JournalLaw Quarterly Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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  • Civil war
  • Governments
  • Intertemporal law
  • Legal certainty
  • Liberia
  • Military occupation
  • Public officers
  • Torture
  • Treaty interpretation


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