'Contextualising Torture.  Rules and conventions in the Roman Digest'

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The chapter argues that rules on the use of torture in judicial interrogations in the Roman system were clear cut, and, although slaves suffered under the rules, there were safeguards for the free. However, these were undermined by the pressure on the courts to get at 'the truth', from which it is concluded that, if the principle of the use of torture is accepted, it will almost certainly be abused.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWar, Torture and Terrorism. Rethinking the Rules of International Security
EditorsA Lang
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)0-415-46522-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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