MILITARY COMMISSIONS
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US government admits former Guantanamo detainee wrongfully convicted: lawyer
January 23, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the con....... [more]

HRW denounces conviction of Tunisia blogger
January 7, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian governme....... [more]

Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
November 24, 2014
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of....... [more]

Egypt military court sentences Morsi supporters
November 17, 2014
An Egyptian military court in the northeastern city of Suez on Monday sentenced 20 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi to jail terms ranging from one to 25 years. The court convicted the 20 individuals of destroying police and army vehicles, rioting, and committing acts of violence in the....... [more]

Head of UN mission in DRC welcomes sentencing of militia leader for war crimes
November 10, 2014
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler on Sunday commended the sentencing of a former militia commander accused of war crimes. General Jerome Kakwaku was sentenced by a military court to 10 years in prison for his leaders....... [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]

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]




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    Hamdan symposium [NYU JLL]