Torture and Accountability Week

Monday, Apr 09, 2018 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

Berkeley Law: Room 170
Location is ADA accessible

Monday, April 9th:

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S.
12:45 PM – 2 PM

Joined by:
Laurel Fletcher, Berkeley Law
Jonathan Simon, Berkeley Law
Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch

Lunch served. RSVP: tinyurl.com/TAAMonday

Tuesday, April 10th:

Torture involves a fundamental act of “othering” in order for it to be possible. Who do we torture and why do we torture them? How has torture been mobilized by “benign” states and who do we conceptualize as the architects of torture beyond those in the room with the detainee? What are the ramifications of this legacy for the disparate impact torture has on people of color today?
12:45 PM – 2 PM

Joined by Carmen Cheung, Legal Director, Center for Justice and Accountability.

Lunch provided. RSVP: tinyurl.com/TAATuesday

Wednesday, April 11th:

Is political dissent unprofessional? This panel will reflect upon the ethical obligations of doctors, psychologists, and lawyers who find themselves serving states that engage in torture. Panelists will weigh the relative merits of working to curb abuses from within government and publicly speaking out against odious practices. The panel will also consider the civic duties of professionals in the private sector.
12:45 PM2 PM

Joined by:
Rohini Haar, Physicians for Human Rights
Eric Stover, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley
Alexa Koenig, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

Lunch served. RSVP: tinyurl.com/TAAWednesday

Thursday, April 12th:

Dror Ladin was part of the litigation team from Salim v. Mitchell, and won a settlement for accountability of two psychologists involved in the CIA torture program. This case marks the first of its kind in CIA torture litigation as the judge rejected attempts to dismiss. Ladin will discuss what this landmark settlement means for future litigation and advocacy against torture, particularly under the current administration.
12:45 PM2 PM

Joined by Dror Ladin, American Civil Liberties Union – National Security Project

Lunch served. RSVP: tinyurl.com/TAAThursday

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