Habeas Corpus Discussion

Regular readers may be interested in a discussion currently ongoing on IntLawGrrls between Naomi Norberg (U de Paris I), Diane Amann (UC Davis), Michelle Leighton (U San Fransisco) and Fiona de Londras (UCC) on habeas corpus in international human rights law. The discussion arose out President Musharraf’s invocation of Abraham Lincoln this weekend when he imposed emergency rule and suspended the constitution. The conversation considers the status of habeas corpus in international human rights law as an implicitly non-derogable right and considers what this means for both categories of human rights norms and for attempts to detain suspected terrorists without chare or trial or with significant delays between the time of arrest and the time of trial. The posts are numbered here sequentially – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6