Pre-Trial Detention

Human Rights, Criminal Procedural Law and Penitentiary Law, Comparative Law

Edited by: Piet Hein van Kempen

It is estimated that in the course of a year, approximately 10 million people will pass through pre-trial detention. Although presently, no adequately functioning criminal justice system can do entirely without detaining any suspects, pre-trial detention thus remains problematic in the context of human rights, the detainee's family, and society. This volume therefore offers a wide variety of topics that are relevant to pre-trial detention. The themes discussed include: developments that affect the application of pre-trial detention; relevant international and national human rights standards, as well as monitoring systems; pre-trial detention of specific groups; and alternatives to pre-trial detention. Moreover, this book contains chapters on 21 individual countries from around the world. On the basis of these, the book not only examines whether and how international human rights standards on detention are influencing national law and practice, and the extent to which international norms are suitable to do so, it also reveals strengths and weaknesses of domestic law systems as such. (Series: International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation - Vol. 44)

852 pages

Publication Date: 6/30/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781780680682