OPCAT Academics

Regular visitors to the Canada OPCAT Project website will be aware that in recent weeks the website has highlighted an ever greater number of articles under the ‘Academic News & Views’ rubric. As the heading suggests, the aim of the post series is to highlight journal articles with a more academic slant on all things OPCAT/torture prevention. In order to make life somewhat easier for visitors to the website, we have corralled them together in this section.

If you have written any materials on the broad subject of torture prevention with an academic twist, please do let us know. The aim of the post series is not to critically review articles, but more to offer a quick overview of their content and publicize them among our ever increasing readership.

Academics by Ron Mader (2019).

Thus, whether you are starting out on your academic path or running a busy, well heeled university law or politics department, we would be delighted to hear from you.  

The articles are presented alphabetically by author, even though the original posts may have appeared under a more general title.


Journal articles

Steven Caruana, Enhancing best practice inspection methodologies for oversight bodies with an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture focus, Report to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia, July 2018.

Madeline Gleeson, Monitoring places of immigration detention in Australia under OPCAT, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in April 2019.   

Richard Harding, Australia’s circuitous path towards the ratification of the OPCAT, 2002-2017: the challenges of implementation, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in May 2019.   

Juan Méndez, Right to a Healthy Prison Environment: Health Care in Custody Under the Prism of Torture (2019) 9(1) Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law 40.

Rebecca Minty, Involving civil society in preventing ill-treatment in detention: maximising OPCAT’s opportunity for Australia, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in May 2019.   

Rachel Murray and Nick Hardwick, Regularity of OPCAT visits by NPMs in Europe, Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in April 2019.

Bronwyn Naylor and Stan Winford, Implementing OPCAT through prison monitoring: the relevance of rehabilitation, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in April 2019.   

Matthew Pringle, Instituting A National Preventive Mechanism In Canada – Lessons Based on Global OPCAT Implementation, published online in February 2019.

Marie Steinbrecher, Challenges around preventing torture (October 2018) 38 Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network Bulletin 27.

Penelope Weller, OPCAT monitoring and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in April 2019.

Michael White, The role and scope of OPCAT in protecting those deprived of liberty: a critical analysis of the New Zealand experience, 25(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights, published online in April 2019.