Watch Gareth Peirce discussing her work and Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice with Guardian legal affairs correspondent Afua Hirsch at the Frontline Club in London.
Victoria Brittain reviews Dispatches from the Dark Side for the Institute of Race Relations website.
Reading her litany of horror, delivered in cool legal language, any government lawyer, or MP, or official in the Ministry of Justice, might feel the need to resign in order to keep their self-respect.
Stuart Jeffries interviews Gareth Peirce, author of Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice, as well as Gerry Conlon of the 'Guildford Four' and Moazzam Begg, whose wrongful convictions were overturned by Peirce.
Peirce's debut book presents a set of devastating yet elegant essays, each written as an "urgent SOS" from ‘the dark side'—"the shadows in the intelligence world"—so swiftly embraced by Dick Cheney, just days after 9/11. They lay out, eloquently, the legal principles that might provide a life raft "where the facts suggest that the ship of state is sailing towards moral and political catastrophe," and call for an accounting of the British government's activities in the torture, rendition and internment without trial of those suspected of involvement in terrorism.