Transfers of detainees – legal framework, non-refoulement and contemporary challenges

30 September 2008 Cordula Droege

The article outlines the legal framework that governs transfers of individuals, and in particular the international law principle of non-refoulement and other obstacles to transfers. The author addresses some of the new legal and practical challenges arising in detention and transfers in the context of multinational operations abroad and analyses the contemporary practice of transfer agreements.

About the author

Cordula Droege
Head of the Operational Law Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)