The Detention of Civilians in Armed Conflict

  title={The Detention of Civilians in Armed Conflict},
  author={Ryan Goodman},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={48 - 74}
  • Ryan Goodman
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Political Science, Law
  • American Journal of International Law
In the armed conflict between the United States and Al Qaeda, the legality of the government's detention scheme has been mired in confusion. The lack of clarity is especially acute with respect to the substantive criteria for defining who may be detained. A crucial determinant of the lawfulness of the scheme is whether international humanitarianlaw (IHL) permits the preventive detention of civilians, or particular groups of civilians. In addressing that issue, leading lawmakers, litigators, and… 
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