ESF Research Conferences

ESF-LiU Conference

Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Investigation and Prevention of Torture and Death in Custody

3-7 May 2010

Scandic Linköping Väst, Sweden

Chaired by:
- Prof. Bernice Elger
Center for Legal Medicine, University of Geneva, CH

- Prof. Marcelo Aebi
Institute of Criminology and Criminal Law, University of Lausanne, CH

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NEW! Final Programme available here! Last update April 29, 2010.

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

Recommended poster size is A0 (Vertical). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance. Posters can be affixed with cellotape and Blu-Tack.

Official list of invited speakers and accepted participants

Europe has unique mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights law and the prevention of violations. However, as the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights stated “the gap between standards on paper and the actual situation in Europe is striking”. Prison visits of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) show that torture, death and inhuman or degrading treatment related to healthcare in prisons still occur regularly in Europe. Thousands of detainees spend extended periods in overcrowded, unhygienic prisons where health care standards are not equivalent to those outside prisons. Torture and inadequate health care of prisoners might cause death in custody and are considered violations of Articles 3 and/or 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Their investigation, punishment and prevention are an important and timely issue not only for international organizations, NGOs and governments. Academic disciplines from different fields can make important contributions which will greatly benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. Research that bridges the gap between empirical social science and legal analysis is scarce. The scientific quality of this research, through access to the realities of the research field, will be significantly enhanced if different academic disciplines interact more with each other and with international organizations and NGOs.


Conference flyer (PDF - 152 KB) - last updated 09 February 2010

How to Participate

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in the registration form

Registration Deadline: 5 April 2010

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0€
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380€
Early Bird
Registration and payment by March 22730€
Registration and payment by 5 April before the registration deadline800€
Conference participation without accommodation550€

7 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener.. For more information, please click here


Practical Information

The conference will be held at Scandic Linköping Väst, Sweden – 7km from Linköping airport and 4km from the train station.

Group Transportation: Buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Linköping airport via the Linköping train station and the hotel. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. You are strongly urged to take advantage of this organised transportation, which is included in the conference fee.

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ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Alessandra Piccolotto Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
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