Oversight of international imprisonment: the Committee for the Prevention of Torture

Sonja Snacken, Nik Kiefer

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Prison sentences imposed by the international penal system are carried out in the prisons of those states with which the sentencing international court has concluded a bilateral enforcement agreement (BEA). Within this framework, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has been appointed in various BEAs as the monitoring body regarding the detention conditions of international prisoners. The current chapter analyses the tripartite relationship which exists between the international courts, the enforcing states and the CPT. We then assess the effectiveness of CPT monitoring within this specific context through criteria that have been developed outside the international penal system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on the International Penal System.
EditorsRoisin Mulgrew, Denis Abels
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781783472154
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in International Law Series


  • Prison monitoring
  • International criminal justice

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