Thursday, September 20, 2018

12:45 pm -1:00 pm 

Welcome & Registration 

Participants are free to have lunch on their own.

1:00 pm -1:10 pm  Opening Remarks:  Steven J. Barela & Mark Fallon

1:10 pm – 2:30 pm

Session 1
Moderator: Claire Finkelstein            

  • Steven Barela – “Bentham and the So-Called Ticking Bomb: Efficacy, Certainty and Suspicion”
  • Jay Bernstein – “Torture, Dignity and the Rule of Law”
  • Michael Skerker – “Moral Concerns Associated with Rapport-Based Interrogation Techniques: The Case of the Perkins Interrogator”
2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Break

2:50 pm – 4:10 pm

Session 2
Moderator: Mark Fallon

  • Gloria Gaggioli – “Unmasking the Challenges: Interrogation and International Law”
  • Steven Kleinman and Christian Meissner – “Developing Rapport and Trust in the Interrogative Context
  • Manfred Nowak and Giuliana Monina - “Defining Torture and the Obligation of the Systematic Review in the CAT Treaty”
4:10 pm – 4:30 pm Break

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Public Keynote Address by Juan E. Méndez followed by a Panel Discussion with Alberto Mora and Dr. Steven Xenakis moderated by Claire Finkelstein. 

“A Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing: An End
to Interrogation and Torture”

Mr. Méndez is one of the world’s most recognized advocates of a universal protocol for non-coercive interviews conducted by law enforcement officials, military and intelligence personnel, and other bodies with investigative mandates. The protocol’s aim is to ensure that authorities discontinue
confession-based interrogation of criminal suspects, political and war prisoners, and other detainees so that no one is subjected to torture, mistreatment, or coercion.  

Mr. Mora is the American Bar Association’s Associate Executive Director for Global Programs. In this capacity, he directs the ABA’s global Rule of Law Initiative, oversees the ABA’s Human Rights Center, and coordinates the ABA’s relationship with the United Nations and specialized agencies and functions. Among other honors and recognitions received by him, in 2006 Mora was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his consistent opposition while serving as Navy General Counsel to the cruel interrogation of detainees in the post-9/11 period. His detainee-related activities at the Navy have been widely reported in periodicals, books and documentaries. In 2013, he was included in Mariana Cook’s book “Justice” as one of 99 individuals who have made a significant contribution to human rights in recent years.

Dr. Steven Xenakis s a retired brigadier general and Army medical corps officer with 28 years of active service. He is an adjunct clinical professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is the Founder of the Center for Translational Medicine, a nonprofit that conducts clinical research and development. He has been a senior adviser to the Department of Defense on neurobehavioral conditions and medical management. Dr. Xenakis serves as an anti-torture advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and belongs to the group of retired generals and admirals convened by Human Rights First.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Reception and Dinner for Participants at the Inn at Penn - Hourglass Room

3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

Friday, September 21, 2018

9:30 am – 10:50 am

Session 3
Moderator: J.M. Bernstein

  • Gregg Bloche – “Behavioral-Science Professionals & National-Security Interviewing: From No-Mans-Land to Rules of the Road”
  • Karin Loevy – “Cycles of Compulsion: Efficacy and Legality in the History of Israeli Torture Debates and Practice”
  • Darius Rejali – “Torture and Democracy Ten Years Later”
10:50 am – 11:10 am Break

11:10 am – 12:30 pm

Session 4
Moderator: Steve Kleinman

  • Katherine Newell and David Luban – “Calculated to Profoundly Disrupt the Personality: Interrogational Abuse and the U.S. Torture Act’”
  • Stephen Soldz – “Professional Standards in the Aftermath of Torture: The Struggles of the American Psychological Association”
  • Shane O’Mara – “Interrogating the Brain: Torture and the Neuroscience of Humane Interrogation”
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 pm – 3:05 pm 

Session 5
Moderator: Darius Rejali

  • Mark Fallon and Susan Brandon – “The HIG Project: The Road to Scientific Research on Interrogation”
  • Juan Méndez – “Setting Universal Standards for Non-Coercive Interviews”
  • Ray Bull and Asbjorn Rachlew, “Investigative Interviewing: From England to Norway and Beyond” 
3:05 pm – 4:00 pm Closing & Next Steps
Gloria Gaggioli & Jens David Ohlin