Welcome to REDRESS’s series of training materials. On this page you will find resources to help human rights lawyers and anti-torture activists around the world who are challenging torture and ill-treatment wherever it occurs.

Our set of materials on Holistic Strategic Litigation Against Torture is comprised of:

Practice Notes

  • These offer practical guidance for lawyers and activists as well as examples from REDRESS’s practice.

Holistic Strategic Litigation Training Modules with accompanying PowerPoint presentations.

  • A set of training materials for lawyers and practitioners on key issues relevant to strategic litigation against torture.


  • Educational videos offering definitions and explanations in a visual way.

REDRESS is grateful to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and the Matrix Causes Fund for supporting the development of the above materials.

Practice Notes

A series of practice notes on strategic litigation against torture, intended to support human rights lawyers and activists around the world to bring legal challenges against torture that can have a broader impact.

Strategic litigation is a specific method that combines casework with other civil society techniques such as advocacy, media, communications, and activism to ensure there is impact after the judgment, a community behind the client, and a cause beyond the case. A holistic approach involves the legal team accompanying their client through the legal process and empowering them to be advocates for their own cause.

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Training Modules

Our Holistic Strategic Litigation Training Modules are a series of Guidance Notes and accompanying pre-designed PowerPoint presentations to support practitioners delivering trainings on strategic litigation against torture, as well as workshop participants. The PowerPoint presentations are editable so that you can tailor them to your specific needs.

Modules can be combined, shortened, or supplemented with your own knowledge. They include substantive guidance and further sources of information on the covered topic, as well as key points for practitioners to highlight during each module. They are designed to be usable in an in-person or an online setting.

Each module is available in English; a small number are also available in French.

Module 1: Elements and Definitions of Holistic Strategic Litigation Against Torture

Module 2: (English) The UN Convention against Torture and the Definition of Torture

Module 2: (Français) Definition de la Torture et Convention des Nations Unies Contre la Torture 

Module 3: (English) Enforced Disappearance as Torture

Module 3: (Français) La Disparition Forcee en tant que Torture

Module 4: Sexual Gender-Based Violence as Torture

Module 5: Instigating Prosecutions for Torture

Module 6: Negotiation and Settlement

Module 7: Advocacy

Module 8: (English) Forum Choice

Module 8: (Français) Choix de l’Instance

Module 9: Reparation

Module 10: Compensation

Module 11: Writing a Human Rights Claim

Module 12: Torture in Detention

Module 13: Working with Survivors of Trauma

Module 14: (English) Ethics and Client Care

Module 14: (Français) Éthique et Souci du Client

Module 15: Evidence of Torture

REDRESS would like to extend their gratitude to the following Legal Interns who contributed to the research of these training modules and provided editorial assistance: Ana Cutts, Janna van Wermerskerken, Amy Kerr, Mariana Baptista, and Amela Tokic.


Holistic Strategic Litigation Against Torture


The UN Convention Against Torture

Online Training

REDRESS has prepared a free e-learning course designed for community organisations and similar organisations without specialist legal knowledge.

Participate in our Free E-Learning Course