Solitary confinement, torture and children: Applicable minimum standards

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

This brief sets out the basis upon which the detention of children in Scotland could amount to torture or CIDT in breach of a range of legal obligations owed to children. It begins with a concise introduction to the range of laws prohibiting torture that are applicable in Scotland. Next, it considers the use of solitary confinement and at what point this extreme detention practice breaches the threshold of prohibited conduct. Finally, the specific question of children in detention on the Scottish prison estate in young offender institutes (YOIs) is examined in light of a recent survey raising red flags in relation to the number of hours detained children are isolated in their cells each day.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameEdinburgh School of Law Research Paper Series
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • solitary confinement
  • torture
  • children's rights
  • prohibited treatment
  • Mandela rules


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