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During his guest lecture, James Lin will explore the changing face of torture and the increasing reliance on forensic evidence in torture investigation. He will also discuss the challenges of working with traumatised victims.

Event details of The effects of torture on individuals and the challenges of forensic medical and psychological investigation
Date 6 March 2019
Time 15:00 -18:00



The face of torture is changing. With it, our reliance on forensic medical and psychological investigation to gather evidence and proof is growing. But working with victims, who may suffer from severe physical or psychological trauma, can be difficult. The multidisciplinary nature of international torture litigation – involving medicine, psychology, and law – also creates new practical, legal, ethical, and conceptual dilemmas. Through a series of case examples, we will explore some of these issues.


The Speaker

James Lin is Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRTC).He leads the design and delivery of the IRCT’s global programme to promote implementation of the Istanbul Protocol (UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment). His work includes advancing knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture, building the capacity of civil society on health-based and forensic documentation, and using that evidence and knowledge in advocacy and strategic case interventions. James also coordinates the activity of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG).

He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, where he conducts research on the practices of NGOs in the acquisition of evidence and knowledge production. In addition, James teaches transitional justice as a recurring visiting assistant professor at National Taiwan University.



The lecture will take place from 15.00 to 18.00 hrs at the University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland campus, building REC E, room E0.15. Please register with name and affiliation with course and lecture coordinator Jill Coster van Voorhout.