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Habeas Corpus in International Law


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Introduction; 1. The development of habeas corpus in English law; 2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; 3. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; 4. Habeas corpus and regional human rights systems; 5. Challenges to the effectiveness of habeas corpus; 6. The importance of effective international habeas corpus guarantees; 7. Strengthening habeas corpus in international law; Conclusion.

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The first comprehensive examination of the right to a judicial determination of the legality of one's detention under international law.

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Brian R. Farrell is a Lecturer in Law and Human Rights and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa College of Law. He is the author of over twenty publications on international law, human rights, criminal law, and legal education.


'In Habeas Corpus in International Law, Farrell thoroughly reviews the writ of habeas corpus from its origins to its current standard as an international legal bellwether. ... Farrell addresses these issues of interaction by examining several areas, including the role of habeas corpus in armed conflict, territorial limits, and procedural concerns in the current war on terror.' W. R. Pruitt, CHOICE

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