MILITARY JUSTICE
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The foundation of [US] military law is the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution provides that Congress has responsibilities to make rules to regulate the military; it also establishes the President as Commander in Chief of the armed forces. Congress exercised its responsibilities over military justice by enacting the Uniform Code of Military Justice - the "UCMJ." The UCMJ is legislation that is contained in Title 10 of the United States Code, Sections 801 through 946. It is the military’s criminal code...[ USMC ]


Bangladesh man sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes
November 24, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi di....... [more]

Harvard report concludes Myanmar officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity
November 7, 2014
An investigation conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, t....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 7 Islamic militants to death
October 22, 2014
An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of seven Islamic militants who were convicted of killing army officers. The original charges brought against the Islamic militants were shooting at security forces, planning terrorist operations,and attacking military bases and f....... [more]

Thailand scholar facing charges for comments against former king
October 19, 2014
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The action....... [more]

Haiti's Fragile Democracy
August 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President....... [more]

HRW: Mexico government should investigate military shootout
August 23, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Mexican government to fully investigate the killing of 22 civilians by soldiers on June 30, following an alleged confrontation inside an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. All civilians involved in the incident were killed, while one sol....... [more]

Indonesia high court upholds presidential election results
August 22, 2014
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over Prabowo....... [more]

Military judge steps down from USS Cole case
July 11, 2014
US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the chief judge at the Guantanamo military court, stepped down in ord....... [more]

UN rights chief deeply concerned over arrests of Saudi Arabia activists
July 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay on Thursday expressed deep concern over the harsh sentences and detention of peaceful human rights advocates in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In particular, Pillay expressed concern over the sentence imposed upon Saudi human rights activist and lawy....... [more]

The Case for "Amnesty" for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD and "Bad Paper" Discharges
July 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 d....... [more]

Chile court: US intelligence had role in American deaths
July 2, 2014
A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling, former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest of jou....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Manual for Courts-Martial [PDF]

    Military Judges Benchbook [PDF]

    Nat'l Inst. of Military Justice

    Military Justice [US State Department]