Bibliography about pre-removal detention of third-country nationals

Listed by date in reverse chronological order

Books and Book chapters

WINKELMANN, H., AufenthG 62 Abschiebungshaft, in: RENNER, BERGMAN, DIENELT (eds.), Ausländerrecht, 10. Auflage, München, CH. Beck, 2013.

ACOSTA, D., The Returns Directive, in: PEERS S., GUILD, E., ACOSTA ACARZO, D., GROENENDIJK, K., (eds.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, BRILL, 2012, p 502.

WILSHER, D., (ed.), Immigration Detention, Law, History, Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

CORNELISSE, G., Detention of foreigners, in: GUILD, E., MINDERHOUD, P., (eds.), The First Decade of EU Migration and Asylum Law (Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe, vol. 24, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2012, pp. 208-225.

CORNELISSE, G., Immigration Detention and Human Rights: Rethinking Territorial Sovereignty, the Netherlands, Martinus Nijhoff, 2010.

LUTZ, F., (ed.), The Negotiations on the Return Directive, WLP, 2010.

SCHIEFFER, M., Directive 2008/115/EC, in: HAILBRONNER, K., (ed.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, A Commentary, München, Beck/Hart, 2010.


SAROLEA, S., D’HUART, P., 2013, La Réception de la Directive Retour en Droit Belge, Equipe droits européens et migrations (EDEM).

MAJCHER, I., 2013, The European Union Returns Directive: Does it Prevent from Arbitrary Detention?, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 3(2), 2013.

MAJCHER, I., 2013, ‘Crimmigration’ in the European Union through the Lens of Immigration Detention, Global Detention Project Working Paper, No. 6.


DE BRUYCKER P. and MANANASHVILI S., 2015, ‘Audi alteram partem in immigration detention procedures, between the ECJ, the ECtHR and Member States: G & R’, Common Market Law Review 52: pp. 1–22.

COSTELLO, C., 2012, Human Rights and the Elusive Universal Subject: Immigration Detention Under International Human Rights and EU law, Indian Journal of Global legal studies (IGJLS), pp. 257-303.

DREWS, U., 2012, Die aktuelle Rechtsprechung des BGH zur Sicherungshaft nach dem Aufenthaltsgesetz, Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht (NVwZ), p. 396.

BRYAN, I., LANGFORD, P., 2011, The Unlawful Detention of Unauthorised Aliens under the European system for the protection of Human Rights, Nordic Journal of International Law (NJIL), Vol. 80, 2, pp.193-218.

CORNELISSE, G., 2011, Case C-357/09 PPU, proceedings concerning Said Shamilovich Kadzoev (Huchbarov), Judgment of the European Court of Justice (Grand Chamber) of 30 November 2009, Common Market Law Review (CMLR), Vol. 48, 3, pp. 925-945.

DREWS, U., FRITSCHE, J., 2011, Die aktuelle Rechtsprechung des BGH zur Sicherungshaft, NVwZ, p. 531.

RUEDIN, X-B., 2010, Aliens and asylum-seekers’ detention under Article 5 (1)(f) EHCR, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für internationales und europäisches Recht (SZIER), Vol. 4, p. 488-499.

ACOSTA, D., 2009, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in EU Migration Law, European Journal of Migration and Law (EJML), 11, pp. 19-39.

BALDACCINI, A., 2009, The Return and Removal of Irregular Migrants under EU Law: An Analysis of the Returns Directive, European Journal of Migration and Law (EJML), 11,p.13.

CARLIER, J-Y., 2008, ‘La directive retour’ et le respect des droits fondamentaux, L’Europe des LibertésRevue d’actualité juridique, 26, pp. 13-21.

RIVERS, J., 2006, Proportionality and Variable Intensity of Review, The Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ), 65, (1), pp. 174-207.

CORNELISSE, G., 2004, Human rights for Immigration Detainees in Strasbourg: Limited Sovereignty or a Limited Discourse?, EJML, 6, p. 93-110.


United Nations

UN General Assembly, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human rights of migrants, F. CRÉPEAU, A/HRC/20/24, 2 April 2012.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Building Empirical Research into Alternatives to Detention: Perceptions of Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Toronto and Geneva, COSTELLO, C., KAYTAZ, E., Legal and Protection Policies research series, June 2013, PPLA/2013/02.REV.1.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention, 2012, available at:

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention of Asylum- Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons: Summary Conclusions, 2011, available at:

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Back to Basics: The Right to Liberty and Security of Person and ‘Alternatives to Detention’ of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, Stateless Persons and Other Migrants, EDWARDS, A., April 2011, PPLA/2011/01.Rev.1.

Council of Europe

Council of Europe (CoE), 2005, Twenty Guidelines on Forced Return, Strasbourg.

European Union

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2012, Annual Report, Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Achievements in 2012.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2010, Report, Detention of third-country nationals in return procedures.

Agencies and NGO’S

VANDERBRUGGEN M., PHELPS J., SEBTAOUI, N., KOVATS, A., POLLET, K., Point of No Return: the futile detention of unreturnable migrants, Flemish Refugee Action (Belgium), Detention Action (UK), “France terre d’asile” (France), “Menedék” (Hungarian Association), ECRE, Brussels, January 2014.

Jesuit Refugee Service Europe (JRS), 2011, From Deprivation to Liberty, Alternatives to detention in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.

International Development Coalition (IDC), 2011, The issue of immigration detention at the UN level: Recent developments relevant to the work of the International Detention Coalition (IDC).