After My Lai: The Case for War Crime Jurisdiction Over Civilians in Federal District Courts

30 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: June 12, 2014

Abstract

This article primarily addresses federal district court jurisdiction over all violations of the laws of war, a competence that exists under a one federal statute that incorporates all offenses under the laws of war are offenses against the laws of the United States and another, 18 U.S.C. ยง 3231, that provides federal district courts original jurisdiction over all offenses against the laws of the United States and at least concurrent jurisdiction with any relevant military tribunal.

Keywords: Articles of War, civilian, concurrent, Congress, criminal, define and punish, ex-servicemen, federal district court, incorporation by reference, judicial power, jurisdiction, law of war, laws of the United States, military tribunal, offenses, original jurisdiction, punishment, Quirin, Section 3231

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., After My Lai: The Case for War Crime Jurisdiction Over Civilians in Federal District Courts (June 12, 2014). 50 Texas Law Review 6 (1971), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-39, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2449339

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