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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 ]


Polish Soldiers Acquitted of War Crimes for Nangar Khel Incident
April 20, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afgh....... [more]

HRW: Yemen combatants must stop targeting hospitals
April 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday condemned the targeting of the Ibn Khaldun Hospital in Yemen by combatants. Rebel soldiers and pro-government forces fortified near the hospital, and the resulting combat forced the hospital to evacuate all but those receiving emergency treatment in violation of....... [more]

Former Blackwater guards sentenced for killing Iraqi civilians
April 14, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for firing....... [more]

Amnesty: Ukraine rebels killed captured soldiers
April 9, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures showing bullet wounds to the heads and bodi....... [more]

US deports El Salvador ex-general tied to 1980s civil war rights abuses
April 9, 2015
A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and torture committed by sold....... [more]

Amnesty: Gambia must not execute 3 sentenced to death for attempted coup
April 2, 2015
A military court in Gambia secretly sentenced three soldiers to death on Monday for an attempted coup d'état, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. Three other soldiers were sentenced to life in prison. All media was banned from observing the proceedings. AI claims the death sentences are....... [more]

Former POW and US military sergeant charged with desertion, misbehavior
March 26, 2015
The US military on Wednesday charged former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably d....... [more]

Poland court clears soldiers of Afghanistan war crimes
March 20, 2015
A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions, which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldi....... [more]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects
March 3, 2015
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem have been cha....... [more]

ICC prosecutor requests extension to confirm charges against LRA commander
February 28, 2015
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander made his first appearance before the ICC at the end of January. Ongwen is charged....... [more]

9/11 case halted by order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo
February 26, 2015
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of speedi....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Manual for Courts-Martial [PDF]

    Military Judges Benchbook [PDF]

    Nat'l Inst. of Military Justice

    Military Justice [US State Department]