IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 235, Level 2

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Preventing coercive interrogations and forced confessions: the role of the legal profession

Tuesday 1 November (0930 - 1045)

Room 235, Level 2
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IBA's Human Rights Institute (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee


HumanRightsConfession-driven criminal justice systems incur a higher risk of torture and coercion during investigations and other information gathering processes. The Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering, officially launched in June 2021, offer a solution-oriented approach to moving away from confession-based interrogations, towards rapport-based interviewing alongside the implementation of legal and procedural safeguards. What advances have been made in their implementation from legal, institutional, and practical perspectives? What challenges have been faced? And how can legal professionals best prevent coercive interrogation techniques, forced confessions and resulting miscarriages of justice? This session will explore these and related questions through insights and reflections from national, regional and international experts.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Baroness Helena Kennedy KC International Bar Association, London, England


Lorena Bazay Dulanto Laboratorio de Litigio Estructural, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico
Alice Edwards UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Geneva, Switzerland
Shauneen Lambe Impact - Law for Social Justice, London, England
Alberto Mora ABA (retired) and US Navy (retired), Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Alka Pradhan Military Commissions Defense Organization, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Co-Vice Chair , Human Rights Law Committee