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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 ]

Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Military judge halts 9/11 trial following accusations of FBI spying
April 14, 2014
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing on Monday following accusations that the FBI was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid She....... [more]

South Sudan's Constitutional Bait-and-Switch
February 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Cope of Georgetown University Law Center argues that the crisis in South Sudan suggests that the international community might consider refocusing more of its attention on the role of constitutional structure ...Experts disagree about the biggest source of the current cr....... [more]

ICC prosecutors allege Congo war crimes suspect used child soldiers
February 10, 2014
The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against h....... [more]

Former Mali junta detained for murder
November 27, 2013
General Amadou Haya Sanogo, the leader of the March 2012 coup that plunged Mali into civil war, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of murder, complicity to murder, assassination and kidnapping. According to one of the arresting soldiers, Sanogo had repeatedly ignored summons by the Malian Ministry....... [more]

Morsi to sue army-installed authorities
November 13, 2013
Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi will file a complaint against current authorities alleging that the coup ousting him from his office was a crime. His lawyers told reporters on Wednesday that the former president is planning to file the complaint with the administrative court. Morsi is curren....... [more]

Guns in the Public Sphere: The Balance Between Self-Defense and Public Safety
November 12, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Beshai, Loyola Law School Class of 2015, discusses California's new gun laws...The gun rights discourse has occupied the media spotlight during the past several years owing to the horrific gun violence at Sandy Hook and, most recently, at the D.C. Naval Yard. On Friday....... [more]

EULEX Kosovo prosecutor indicts 15 people for war crimes
November 8, 2013
A European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) prosecutor in the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment against 15 defendants on Friday in the EULEX Mitrovica Basic Court. The individuals are accused of war crimes against civilians that occurred at a Kosovo Liberation Army (K....... [more]

UN rights chief concerned over death sentences for Bangladesh mutineers
November 6, 2013
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, urged the Bangladesh government on Wednesday not to carry out the death sentences of 152 paramilitary soldiers under reports of due process violations leading up to the trial. Pillay claims the soldiers, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh on tr....... [more]

Mumbai attacks witness cross-examined
November 6, 2013
Cross-examination of the Pakistani-based businessman responsible for selling the boat engine used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was held on Wednesday before Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court. The merchant, Mohammed Ali, sold the boat engine to the 10 LeT terrorists....... [more]

Guantanamo judge allows 9/11 pre-trial hearings to continue
October 2, 2013
A military judge on Tuesday refused to suspend the pretrial hearings in a case against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Army Col. James Pohl reasoned that the measures taken to respond to the defendants' concerns were adequate to continue the hearings. The defense....... [more]


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