MILITARY COMMISSIONS
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UN report: Colombia should reconsider military jurisdiction expansion bill
October 2, 2014
A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill-85....... [more]

The Man Behind the Curtain: Mandating Transparency in the Military Judicial System - Part II
September 24, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the ca....... [more]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns two convictions of former al Qaeda media director
July 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday overturned two out of three convictions of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, the media secretary of Osama Bin Laden. The court vacated Bahlul's convictions for providing material support for terrorism and solicitation of other....... [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]

DRC court finds 2 of 39 soldiers guilty of rape
May 5, 2014
A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and that havin....... [more]

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]




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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]