Casting light on the legal black hole : international law and detentions abroad in the "war on terror"
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International review of the Red Cross, Vol. 87, no. 857, March 2005, p. 39-68
Thousands of individuals have been detained abroad in the context of the "war on terror", both during the armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and as a result of transnational law-enforcement operations. This paper argues that, notwithstanding contrary positions expounded by some States, the protections of international humanitarian law and/or international human rights law remain applicable to these individuals, wherever detained, and examines recent decisions of domestic courts and international bodies which appear to reveal a reassertion of international standards.