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Interrogation in Depth (1971) in Retrospect

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Ulster University
21D51 Dalriada House, Jordanstown, BT37 0QB

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Dr Aoife Duffy will present a politico-legal history of a particular security operation that resulted in one of the most high-profile torture cases in the world. Dr. Duffy's research reveals the extent to which the Ireland v. United Kingdom judgment misrepresented the interrogation system that was developed and utilised in Northern Ireland (in 1971). The theoretical reference paradigm of state denial is often associated with torture, and the author uses this model to excavate buried aspects of this most famous of torture cases. Through the lens of a single operation (conducted twice), the research exposes the complicated structures of state-sponsored denial designed to hide the truth about the long-term effects of these techniques and the way in which they were authorised. Contemporary litigation efforts are also explored.


Dr. Duffy is a lecturer in human rights law at University of Essex's School of Law/Human Rights Centre. Before this posting, Dr. Duffy was a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway and an adjunct lecturer at Dublin City University. An up to date list of Dr. Duffy's academic publications can be consulted here, and you can follow Dr. Duffy on Twitter.


Seminar starts at 13.15 and finishes at 14.45.

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