Human Rights Review

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 1–21 | Cite as

On Obama and Ill-Treatment: Interdisciplinary Policy Against Torture’s Return

  • Steven J. BarelaEmail author


By executive order—later passed into law—President Obama closed legal loopholes used to justify torture by his predecessor. Less often discussed, his administration also instituted scientific research into the most effective interrogation techniques. This dual-track approach already demands the use of two different methods to properly discuss the policy, and in this article, a third is put forward for a fuller interdisciplinary view. That is to say, although there are notable shortcomings, scientific and legal developments will be explored to illuminate how he also clarified a moral stance for the nation. Put all together, this article will show that Obama indeed achieved laudable steps towards preventing the reintroduction of torture.


Torture Ill-treatment Interdisciplinary Efficacy Legality Morality 


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  1. 1.Global Studies Institute/Faculty of LawUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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