Antioch Law Journal


Administrative detention in any form curtails civil liberties. Yet the vast majority of countries use administrative detention in times of perceived national emergency.' In an enduring state of crisis, Israel has enacted an administrative detention statute designed to safeguard the security of the state and the due process rights of detainees. This comment will examine preventive detention in Israel and the occupied territories in the context of Israeli and international law.2Administrative detention refers to the confinement of individuals by the executive branch of government for imperative security reasons.3 Such detention frequently involves more flexible rules of procedure, evidence, conviction, and sentencing than those applied in normal criminal proceedings.