Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Torture: Moral, Legal & Political Dimensions--A Select Bibliography (or requisite reading)

  • Allhoff, Fritz. “A Defense of Torture: Separation of Cases, Moral Methodology, and Ticking Time-Bombs,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19, no. 2 (2005): 243-264.
  • Bagaric, Mirko and Julie Clarke. Torture: When the Unthinkable is Morally Permissible. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2007.
  • Bassiouni. M. Cherif. “The Institutionalization of Torture under the Bush Administration,” Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vo. 37, Nos. 2-3 (2006): 389-425.
  • Bennoune, Karima. “Terror/Torture,” Berkeley Journal of International Law, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2008): 1-61. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1148284
  • Brecher, Bob. Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. [See too C.A.J. Coady’s review for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009.02.09. Available: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=15385]
  • Bruff, Harold H. Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2009.
  • B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) and HaMoked—Center for the Defence of the Individual, “Absolute Prohibition: The Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Detainees,” (May 2007). Available: http://www.btselem.org/Download/200705_Utterly_Forbidden_eng.pdf
  • Bufacchi, Vittorio and Jean Maria Arrigo. “Torture, Terrorism and the State: a Refutation of the Ticking-Bomb Argument,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2006): 355-373.
  • Cassese, Antonio, ed. The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Cohn, Marjorie, ed. The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
  • Cole, David, ed. The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable. New York: The New Press, 2009.
  • Conroy, John. Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Crocker, Thomas P. “Overcoming Necessity: Torture and the State of Constitutional Culture,” SMU Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 2 (2008): 221-279. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1116680
  • Crocker, Thomas P. “Torture, with Apologies,” Texas Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 3 (2008): 569-613. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1102495
  • Cryer, Robert, Håkan Friman, Darryl Robinson and Elizabeth Wilmshurst. An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Danner, Mark. Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. New York: New York Review of Books, 2004.
  • Danner, Mark. “U.S. Torture: Voices from the Black Sites,” The New York Review of Books, Vol. LVI, No. 6 (April 9, 2009): 69-77. Available: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22530
  • Danner, Mark. “The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means,” The New York Review of Books, Vol. LVI, No. 7 (April 30, 2009): 48-56. Available:
    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22614
  • Dayan, Colin. The Story of Cruel and Unusual. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (A Boston Review Book), 2007.
  • Ferzan, Kimberly Kessler. “Torture, Necessity, and the Union of Law & Philosophy,” Rutgers Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2004. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1116696
  • Fleck, Dieter, ed. The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2008.
  • Gaeta, Paola. “May Necessity Be Available as a Defence for Torture in the Interrogation of Suspected Terrorists?” Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol. 2, No. 3 (2004): 785-794.
  • Ginbar, Yuval. Why Not Torture Terrorists? Moral, Practical and Legal Aspects of the ‘Ticking Bomb’ Justification of Torture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Goldsmith, Jack. The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.
  • Greenberg, Karen, ed. The Torture Debate in America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Greenberg, Karen and Joshua L. Dratel, eds. The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Guiora, Amos N. and Erin M. Page. “The Unholy Trinity: Intelligence, Interrogation and Torture,” Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 37, Nos. 2-3 (2006): 427-447.
  • Hajjar, Lisa. Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005: 49-75 and 185-207.
  • Haque, Adil Ahmad. “Torture, Terror, and the Inversion of Moral Principle,” New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 4 (2007): 613-657.
  • Harbury, Jennifer K. Truth, Torture, and the American Way: The History and Consequences of U.S. Involvement in Torture. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2005.
  • Hilde, Thomas C., ed. On Torture. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • Horton, Scott. “Justice after Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration,” Harper’s Magazine, December 2008. Available: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/12/0082303
  • Hunsinger, George, ed. Torture is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims and People of Conscience Speak Out. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ., 2008.
  • Ip, John. “Two Narratives of Torture” (April 10, 2009) Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 35, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1292585
  • Kerrigan, Michael. The Instruments of Torture. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, revised ed., 2007
  • Lazreg, Marnia. Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.
  • Lee, Patrick. “Interrogational Torture,” American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 51 (2006): 131-147.
  • Levi, William Ranney. “Interrogation's Law” Yale Law Journal (April 17, 2009), Forthcoming. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1389511
  • Levinson, Sanford, ed. Torture: a Collection. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Linnartz, Isaac A. “The Siren Song of Interrogational Torture: Evaluating the U.S. Implementation of the U.N. Convention against Torture,” Duke Law Journal, Vol. 57, 5 (2008): 1465-1516.
  • Luban, David. “Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb,” 91 Virginia Law Review (2005): 1425-1461. Available: http://www.virginialawreview.org/content/pdfs/91/1425.pdf
  • Luban, David. “The torture lawyers of Washington,” in Legal Ethics and Human Dignity. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007: 162-225.
  • Luban, David. “Unthinking the Ticking Bomb,” Georgetown Public Law Research Paper, No. 1154202. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1154202
  • Mannix, Daniel P. The History of Torture. Gloucestershire, England: The History Press, 2003.
  • Marks, Jonathan H. “Doctors as Pawns? Law and Medical Ethics at Guantánamo Bay,” Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 37 (2007): 711-731. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract-983815
  • May, Larry. Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • May, Larry. War Crimes and Just War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Mayer, Jane. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals. New York: Doubleday, 2008.
  • Mayerfield, Jamie. “Playing by Our Own Rules: How U.S. Marginalization of Human Rights Law Led to Torture,” Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 20 (2007): 89-140.
  • Mayerfield, Jamie. “In Defense of the Absolute Prohibition of Torture,” Public Affairs Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2 (April 2008): 109-128.
  • McCoy, Alfred W. A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror. New York: Owl Books/Henry Holt, 2006.
  • McMahan, Jeff. “Torture, Morality, and Law,” Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 37, Nos. 2 and 3 (2006): 241-248. Available: http://philosophy.rutgers.edu/FACSTAFF/BIOS/mcmahan.html
  • Meisels, Tamar. “Torture and the Problem of Dirty Hands,” The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. 21, 1 (2008): 149-173.
  • Miles, Steven H. Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity and the War on Terror. New York: Random House, 2006.
  • Miller, Seumas. “Is Torture Ever Morally Justified?” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 2 (2005): 179-192.
  • Miller, Seumas, “Torture,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2008/entries/torture/.
  • Nowak, Manfred and Elizabeth McArthur. The United Nations Convention Against Torture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Ohlin, Jens David. “The Torture Lawyers” (September 10, 2009). Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1471398
  • Osiel, Mark. The End of Reciprocity: Terror, Torture, and the Law of War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Otterman, Michael. American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 2007.
  • Paglen, Trevor and A.C. Thompson. Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2006.
  • Parry, John T. “The Shape of Modern Torture: Extraordinary Rendition and Ghost Detainees,” Melbourne Journal of International Law, Vol. 6, 2 (2005): 516-533.
  • Parry, John T. “Torture Nation, Torture Law,” The Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 97, 4 (April 2009): 1001-1056. Available: http://www.georgetownlawjournal.org/issues/pdf/97-4/Parry.PDF
  • Parry, John T. Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
  • Paust, Jordan J. “The Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Necessary and Appropriate Sanctions,” Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 43 (2009). University of Houston Law Center, No. 2009-A-7. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=133159
  • Peirce, Gareth. Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice. London: Verso, 2011.
  • Perry John. Torture: Religious Ethics and National Security. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. “‘Ticking Bombs:’ Testimonies of Torture Victims in Israel,” May 2007: http://www.stoptorture.org.il/files/140[1].pdf
  • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. “No Defense: Soldier Violence Against Palestinian Detainees,” Periodic Report: June 2008: http://www.stoptorture.org.il/files/No_Defense_Eng.pdf
  • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. “‘Family Matters:’ Using Family Members to Pressure Detainees Under GSS Interrogation," April 2008: http://www.stoptorture.org.il/files/Fmily%20Matters%20full%20report%20eng.pdf
  • Public Committee Against Torture in Israel v. State of Israel and Others (HC 5100/94...) Supreme Court of Israel, 7 BHRC 31, 6 September 1999.
  • Rejali, Darius. Torture and Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Rhodes, Lorna. Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004.
  • Riggs, Kate and Richard Blakeley. “Prolonged Mental Harm: The Tortuous Reasoning Behind a New Standard for Psychological Abuse,” Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 20 (2007): 263-292.
  • Roth, Kenneth and Minky Worden, eds. Torture: A Human Rights Perspective. New York: The New Press, 2005.
  • Ruthven, Malise. Torture: The Grand Conspiracy. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978.
  • Sadat, Leila Nadya. “Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Other Nightmares from the War on Terror.” The George Washington Law Review, Vol. 75 (2007): 101-149. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1008568
  • Sands, Philippe. Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • Sarrat, Austin and Nasser Hussain, eds. When Governments Break the Law: The Rule of Law and the Prosecution of the Bush Administration. New York: New York University Press, 2010.
  • Schulz, William F., ed. The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
  • Scott, Craig. Ed. Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 2001.
  • Sharrock, Justine. Tortured…. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  • Shue, Henry. “Torture,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1978): 124-143.
  • Shue, Henry. “Torture in Dreamland: Disposing of the Ticking Bomb,” Case Western Journal of International Law, Vol. 37 (2006): 231-239.
  • Strauss, Marcy. “Torture,” New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 48, Nos. 1-2 (2004): 201-274.
  • Sussman, David. “What’s Wrong with Torture?” Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 33 (2005): 1-35.
  • Vischer, Robert K., “Tortured Ethics: Abu Ghraib and the Moral Lawyer” (October 5, 2004). St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=601203
  • Waldron, Jeremy. “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment: The Words Themselves,” New York University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 08-36 (November 2008): 1-47. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1278604
  • Waldron, Jeremy. “Torture and Positive Law: Jurisprudence for the White House,” Columbia Law Review, Vol. 105, No. 6 (2005): 1681-1750.
  • Wendel, W. Bradley. “Executive Branch Lawyers in a Time of Terror,” 2008 F.W. Wickwire Memorial Lecture. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1372744
  • Wendel, W. Bradley. "The Torture Memos and the Demands of Legality" (June 19, 2009). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-019. Available: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1422603
  • Werle, Gerhard. Principles of International Criminal Law. The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2005.
  • Wisnewski, J. Jeremy. Understanding Torture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
  • Wisnewski, J. Jeremy and R.D. Emerick. The Ethics of Torture. New York: Continuum, 2009.
  • Wolfendale, Jessica. Torture and the Military Profession. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Yoo, John. War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006.

Please Note: I've added a fair number of items since this was first posted (last update: December 6, 2010).


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