Plamelac, J., Unravelling Unlawful Confinement in Contemporary Armed Conflicts, 2022

This book explores how States and armed groups deprive us of liberty in armed conflict. Intriguing insights into original field records of internal laws and first-hand testimonies by fighters and humanitarians reveal hidden patterns of belligerents’ controversial behaviours in relation to three complex aspects of security detention in non-international armed conflict that remain unsettled in international law – permissible grounds, procedural guarantees, and transfer standards. As you flip through the pages of this fascinating book, you will gain a new understanding of where the boundary of unlawful confinement lies between local and international law and why we need a new international legal framework to protect us from arbitrariness in the warring parties’ decision to detain.

This book has won the 2022 Francis Lieber prize, awarded at ASIL, for the best monograph published on the law of armed conflict.

Jelena Plamenac is an international humanitarian lawyer specialised in providing legal advice and building capacity of governments and international organisations to implement and enforce international humanitarian law in their work. For nearly a decade she served at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she was responsible for legal analysis of international crimes committed in the context of contemporary armed conflicts. Plamenac holds a Ph.D. degree in law from the University of Geneva (Faculty of Law), and an LL.M. from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.