Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2013

Venue: Amnesty International UK, London

Jointly organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics, University of Brighton, and The Rendition Project, Universities of Kent and Kingston, this two-day conference for activists, academics and the public aimed to explore Britain’s use of torture since 1945; its complicity in torture; and what might be done to end both.

Friday 15 February

Torture and responsibility
Andrew Williams, Warwick University

‘But it wasn’t me!’: individual and collective responsibility for torture Heather Widdows, University of Birmingham

A history of British torture since 1945 Ian Cobain, The Guardian

Torture and the British press 1945-2012 Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

British soldiers torture too
Huw Bennett, University of Aberyswyth

Saturday 16 February

Britain’s role in rendition, secret detention and torture since “9/11” Ruth Blakely, University of Kent & Sam Raphael, Kingston University

Political ethics, complicity in torture and the limits of responsibility Jamie Gaskarth, University of Plymouth

The ethics of British complicity Henry Shue, Oxford University

The uses and limits of the law in trying to end UK torture Gareth Peirce, Birnberg Peirce & Partners

Practical campaigning against torture Tessa Gregory, Public Interest Lawyers

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