Prisoners of the International Community

The Legal Position of Persons Detained at International Criminal Tribunals

  • Denis Abels

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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    Pages 1-10
  3. Detention Law at International Criminal Tribunals: Sources and Principles

  4. Detention Law at International Criminal Tribunals: Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
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      Pages 267-390
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      Pages 391-444
  5. Detention Law at International Criminal Tribunals: Conditions of Detention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 519-519
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      Pages 521-760
    3. Denis Abels
      Pages 761-778
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 779-847

About this book


This book addresses a specific aspect of international criminal law. It describes the legal position and conditions of persons detained under the jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals, particularly as regards their internal legal position, their rights and duties inside the remand facility. Central to the book is the understanding that the circumstances surrounding these persons’ detention are different from a domestic context.

The author’s primary aim is to disclose the law of detention of international criminal tribunals. The book sets out the applicable law, including the law’s underlying principles, and focuses on a number of specific procedural and substantive legal issues. As to procedural issues, it examines the available disciplinary and complaints procedures as well as procedures applicable to the designation of States for the enforcement of the tribunals’ sentences. In respect of substantive law, it focuses on the detainees’ right to contact with the outside world, including contact with their relatives, with their lawyers and with the media. The book further examines whether the positive law corresponds to the relevant international penal standards and human rights law.

As an outcome of immediate exchanges (interviews) between the author and the authorities involved, the author provides a substantial clarification and critical assessment of the current issues and paradoxes of the domain in question.

The book will be an extremely useful guidance for practitioners in applying the law and principles of the tribunals’ detention law, particularly because it is the first monograph written on the topic.



Dentension ICC Prison Tribunal United Nations Detention Unit

Authors and affiliations

  • Denis Abels
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal LawUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2012
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6704-887-3
  • Online ISBN 978-90-6704-888-0
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