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The Handling of Detainees in International Military Operations: An update on the Copenhagen Process

24th September 2009

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What is this event about?

The need for states contributing troops to international military operations to ensure that they act in accordance with their international obligations when handling detainees, including when transferring detainees to local authorities or to other troop-contributing countries, is a major challenge. In October 2007 the Danish government initiated the 'Copenhagen Process on Handling Detainees in International Military Operations'. The process is aimed at encouraging states to deal with these issues on a multilateral basis, on the basis of accepted standards for detainee treatment.

This lecture will examine the legal challenges arising from the handling of detainees within international military operations and will outline the context to the decision to initiate the Copenhagen process. It will also provide an update as to progress with the process, and the efforts to agree standards for detainee treatment.

1 CPD hours may be claimed by both solicitors and barristers through attendance at this event


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