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Extraordinary Rendition

Addressing the Challenges of Accountability, 1st Edition

Edited by Elspeth Guild, Didier Bigo, Mark Gibney


316 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The US led programme of extraordinary rendition created profound challenges for the international system of human rights protection and rule of law. This book examines the efforts of authorities in Europe and the US to re-establish rule of law and respect for human rights through the investigation of the program and its outcomes.

The contributions to this volume examine the supranational and national inquiries into the US CIA-led extraordinary rendition and secret detention programme in Europe. The book takes as a starting point two recent and far-reaching developments in delivering accountability and establishing the truth: First, the publication of the executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee (Feinstein) Report, and second, various European Court of Human Rights judgments regarding the complicity of several state parties and the incompatibility of those actions with the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).

The collective volume provides the first stock-taking review of the state of affairs in the quest for accountability, and identifies significant obstacles in going even further -- as international law demands. It will be vital reading for students and scholars in a wide range of areas, including international relations, international law, public policy and counter-terrorism studies.

Table of Contents


Elspeth Guild, Didier Bigo, and Mark Gibney

Chapter One: The U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee Report (Feinstein Report) on the CIA Extraordinary Rendition Programme – Perspectives from Europe

Elspeth Guild

Chapter Two: Dramaturgy of suspicion and the emergence of a transnational guild of extraction of information by torture at a distance

Didier Bigo

Chapter Three: Foreign "Liaison Partners" and the CIA's Economy of Detention

Crofton Black

Chapter Four: Extraordinary Renditions: A Practice Beyond Traditional Justice

Arianna Vedaschi,

Chapter Five:The Polish Roadmap to Accountability: Why the Implementation of Al Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah Judgements is so Highly Problematic

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz

Chapter Six: The UK: the role of rendition and torture in the battle to end judicial deference

Frances Webber

Chapter Seven: Extraordinary Rendition, Secrecy and the UK Security Constitution

Eva Nanopoulos

Chapter Eight:The Quest for Absolution and Immunity: Justifying Past and Future Torture in the Name of Democracy

Didier Bigo and Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet

Chapter Nine: Extraordinary Rendition, the American Judiciary, and the Failure of the "Territorial" Approach in Both International and Domestic Law

Mark Gibney

Chapter Ten:Democratic Oversight and the CIA’s Extraordinary Rendition Programme in Europe

Elspeth Guild and Didier Bigo

Chapter Eleven: The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s preliminary examination on Afghanistan and possible impacts on accountability for secret detention and rendition

Carla Ferstman

About the Editors

Didier Bigo is Professor of International Relations (and Maître de conférences des universités) at Sciences-Po Paris, and Researcher at CERI/FNSP. Bigo is also Professor at Kings College London.

Elspeth Guild is a Jean-Monnet Professor of European migration law at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). She is also Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley.

Mark Gibney is the Carol Belk Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and an Affiliated Scholar at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Rights

The Routledge Human Rights series publishes high quality and cross-disciplinary scholarship on topics of key importance in human rights today. In a world where human rights are both celebrated and contested, this series is committed to create stronger links between disciplines and explore new methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research. Aimed towards both scholars and human rights professionals, the series strives to provide both critical analysis and policy-oriented research in an accessible form. The series welcomes work on specific human rights issues as well as on cross-cutting themes and institutional perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy