On 20 October 2012 the Danish Government published a document entitled the "Copenhagen Process: Principles and Guidelines". The document was the outcome of the "Copenhagen Process on the Handling of Detainees in International Military Operations", a five-year multi-stakeholder effort to develop principles and good practices on detention in international military operations. The document addresses uncertainties surrounding the basis for the detention, treatment, and transfer of detainees during international military operations. This article outlines the legal problems concerning detention and transfer of detainees in international military operations, considers the process that led to the adoption of the principles and guidelines contained in this non-legally binding document and analyses that document.
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