The Copenhagen Process: Principles and Guidelines

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This article analyses the outcome of the ‘Copenhagen Process on the Handling of Detainees in International Military Operations’: a five-year multistakeholder effort to develop principles and good practices on detention in international military operations. The Process concluded in 2012 when 18 States ‘welcomed’ a set of non-binding ‘Principles and Guidelines.’ The Principles and Guidelines address uncertainties surrounding the legal basis for the detention, treatment, and transfer of detainees during international military operations, drawing on both human rights and international humanitarian law. This article comments on the Principles and Guidelines, shedding some light on the context in which they were developed and adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYearbook of International Humanitarian Law
EditorsTerry D. Gill
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789462650381
ISBN (Print)9789462650374
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameYearbook of International Humanitarian Law
ISSN (Print)1389-1359


  • Copenhagen process
  • Detention
  • International military operations
  • International armed conflicts
  • Non-international armed conflicts
  • Human rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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