MILITARY COMMISSIONS
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Musharraf appeals denial of military court trial
March 6, 2014
Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's request....... [more]

Military trial delayed so Guantanamo prisoner may fire his attorney
February 17, 2014
Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. T....... [more]

Egypt to allow military court appeals
February 3, 2014
Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday ordered the creation of a higher court that would be able to hear appeals of military court verdicts. Under the new Egyptian constitution, civilians may be tried in military courts for cases involving direct attacks on military personnel or military i....... [more]

Guantanamo Justice - No Justice At All
September 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin McNamara, Pepperdine University School of Law Class of 2014, shares her first-hand experience and explains the procedural issues surrounding the trials for those accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks...This year will mark the twelfth anniversary of the September 11....... [more]

Guantanamo Bay: Attempted Closure
July 20, 2013
President Obama advocated for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and civilian trials for the alleged 9/11 conspirators since his election in 2008. Despite initial progress and attempts to release or transfer detainees to third party countries, as of the tenth anniversary of Septemb....... [more]

Attempted Closure and Reform
July 20, 2013
D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy....... [more]

The Government is Using al Bahlul v. US to Maintain the Political Status Quo
March 21, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Shane Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights argues that even if the government's petition for en banc review of al Bahlul v. US fails, it will nonetheless succeed in maintaining the political status quo of the Obama administration...There are, basically, only two way....... [more]

Pentagon prosecutor says review panel should hear 9/11 transparency challenge
March 10, 2013
The Pentagon's war crimes prosecutor has stated that a review panel should hear transparency challenges concerning the September 11 trial. Brigadier General, Mark Martins, who is the prosecutor at Guantanamo also insisted that the public must not hear about treatment of suspected 9/11 conspirators e....... [more]

ACLU appeals decision allowing Guantanamo testimony censorship
February 24, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed an appeal in the Guantanamo Bay military tribunal, the US Court of Military Commission Review, to an order granting the government's request to censor testimony. The ACLU is seeking access to testimony from 9/11 defendants relating to tor....... [more]

Military judge orders stop to 9/11 hearing censoring
February 1, 2013
A military judge on Thursday ordered the removal of any monitoring system that censors the public broadcast of the 9/11 military commission hearings. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay Colonel James Pohl noted that only he and the court security officer have the authority to turn on or of....... [more]

US military judge denies defense motions in 9/11, USS Cole trials
January 18, 2013
The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday denied defense motions filed in both the 9/11 military commission trial and the 2000 USS Cole bombing trial. Defense counsel for accused 9/11 conspirators, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, filed a motion requesting that the court find that....... [more]




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    Military Commission Orders [US DOD]

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    Report on Military Commissions [ABA]

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    Military Commissions Q&A [HRW - PDF]

    Hamdan symposium [NYU JLL]