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Moving Away from Confession-Based Criminal Justice Systems

On Tuesday 22nd May 2018, experts convened in Rio de Janeiro to commence development of a set of guidelines on Non-Coercive Interviewing and Procedural Safeguards.  Professor Gavin Oxburgh is one of 15 experts developing a set of guidelines on non-coercive interviewing by law-enforcement officers and procedural safeguards.  The aim is to ensure that persons detained and questioned for investigative purposes are not subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment.

Professor Gavin Oxburgh from the School of Psychology, Newcastle University and Chair of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group ( is a member of the Steering Group, stated:

"I am delighted to be involved in this project, working closing with the United Nations on developing a universal set of protocols on the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment of those detained in custody or questioned by the police and law enforcement agencies.  In a world where many believe that enhanced torture to elicit information is effective, having universally-agreed guidance is of the upmost importance in trying to alleviate such in-humane treatment.  I look forward to working with academic and practitioner colleagues on this project over the coming years".

For further information can be found in a recent article written by the Association for the Prevention of Torture.










published on: 13 June 2018