In a new study, two psychologists claim that the international legal definition of torture is 'psychologically untenable' and argue that is should be broadened significantly.The researchers focus on the term 'severe' as it is used to describe 'physical or mental pain or suffering', and suggest that there is a strong tendency to underassess severity. Perhaps the problem they raise can be solved by interpreting the definition rather than revising it. They make a good case for a broad understanding of 'severity'. This is an interesting example of interdisciplinary issues in human rights.
Thanks to David Scheffer.