Transfers of detainees – legal framework, non-refoulement and contemporary challenges
30-09-2008 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 871, by 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.
Dr Cordula Droege is legal adviser, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross.