On 6 December 2019, Professor Hannah Garry argued before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in an appeal concerning an investigation into alleged crimes relating to the armed conflict in Afghanistan.
Professor Garry appeared as counsel for former UN Special Rapporteurs Manfred Nowak, Juan Mendez, and Pablo de Greiff. She participated in the hearing as an amicus curiae. In her remarks, Professor Garry argued that the jus cogens nature of the torture prohibition means that no State may enter into agreements contracting around it. She explained the obligations of states under the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
Watch the remarks: