Handbook: Pre-Trial Release and the Right to be Presumed Innocent

Pre-trial release and the right to be presumed innocent: A handbook on international law rights to pre-trial release.

Lois Leslie, B.Soc. Sc. (Hons), LL.B, LL.M

PDF version

Production of this handbook was inspired by the fact that millions of people around the world are in pre-trial detention that violates international human rights law. LRWC identified a need in several countries for increased understanding of the international law regarding right to pre-trial release. This comprehensive handbook identifies international law provisions protecting rights associated with pre-trial release and explains the interpretation of those rights by international tribunals, monitoring bodies and experts. The provisions identified are in treaties and other instruments from the UN, European, Inter-American, and African human rights systems. The handbook is intended as a tool for advocates working to secure the release of wrongly imprisoned people throughout the world.