Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Civilian Detentions in Iraq

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses solely on the legality of civilian detentions and the review of those detentions required by international law. It describes conduct and legality of detention operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Between April 2003 and June 2004, Coalition Forces were authorized to detain civilians whom they reasonably believed either posed a threat to their security or mission, or were suspected of committing a serious crime. The detention of criminal suspects was dictated under occupation law given that there was often no functioning Iraqi law enforcement or judiciary mechanism in place. Policy makers continually negotiated with, prodded and cajoled Iraqi government officials to assume ever-greater responsibility for and jurisdiction over the detention process, all in furtherance of the goal of replacing wartime security detentions with peacetime criminal accountability and the rule of law.

Keywords: civilian detentions; Coalition Forces; criminal suspects; international law; Iraqi law



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    International Law and Armed Conflict: Exploring the Faultlines — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation