Sunday, November 19, 2017

Who should investigate this Cypriot case?

The Attorney General of Cyprus will be investigating allegations that a National Guard commanding officer assaulted one of his soldiers. A military investigative report will be turned over to civilian authorities. Details here.

Senator Gillibrand reintroduces reform measure

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has again introduced her bill to shift the disposition power from commanders to lawyers outside the chain of command, according to this report. Excerpt:
"We're not seeing the system get better," New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said.

This is the fifth time New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced her bill called the Military Justice Improvement Act.

She said she hasn't been given a vote on the bill in nearly two and a half years.

"It is something that people think is debatable, it is something that people think is unanimous and a lot of people don't want to take on the generals. When the generals say no they want to leave it the way it is and I think that is the wrong instinct," Gillibrand added.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lieber writing prize

Via OpinioJuris:

The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict. Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration — the prize is awarded to the best submission in each of these two categories.

Submissions, including a letter or message of nomination, must be received by 10 January 2018. Three copies of books must be submitted. Electronic submission of articles is encouraged. Authors may submit their own work. All submissions must include contact information (e‑mail, fax, phone, address) and relevant information demonstrating compliance with eligibility criteria. The Prize Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission by e‑mail.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Military justice and World Philosophy Day

The Taipei Times reports on a World Philosophy Day panel. Excerpt:
The “pursuit of reasoning” has become popular in Taiwanese society and it is timely to re-emphasize the importance of philosophy because it provides “good tools” through which people can reflect on the issues they encounter in their daily lives, said Claire Lin (林靜君), event coordinator and deputy head of the Philosophical Education Development Organization. 
There has been more reflection on the relationship between individuals and society, especially since the high-profile death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), which raised awareness of social justice, Lin said. 
The 24-year-old conscript died of heat exhaustion on July 4, 2013, after being forced to do strenuous exercise in a confined facility. 
Hung’s death raised questions about human rights violations in the military, sparked mass protests in the nation and led to the prosecution of several military officers and non-commissioned officers and major legal reforms, such as the abolition of military courts during peacetime.

"We do owe society a notice"

“When we discharge one of these people, he’s no longer our problem,” said Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, formerly the service’s top legal officer. “But these people who resort to dispute resolution at the end of a weapon, when we boot them out of the service, we do owe society a notice.”

From this Stars and Stripes article about the Devin P. Kelley case by Nancy Montgomery