The Decaux Principles on the Administration of Justice by Military Tribunals and the Guantanamo Bay Trials

Published in Réciprocité et universalité : Sources et régimes du droit international des droits de l'homme - Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Emmanuel Decaux, p. 533 (Paris, Pedone, 2017)

17 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2018 Last revised: 6 Feb 2018

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Sharon Weill

Sciences Po

Mitch Robinson

Government of the United States of America - Department of Defense

Date Written: November 2, 2017

Abstract

This chapter takes a close look at the practice of the U.S. military commissions criminal trials. It is co authored with Dr. Mitch Robinson, a defense international law specialist in the ongoing 9/11 trial taking place at Guantanamo Bau, Cuba, and it is largely based on a field research conducted in 2016. The first part of the chapter situates these military commissions within the general U.S. justice system and describes how U.S. federal judicial branch actively re-appropriated to itself a central role in reviewing issues related to the commissions' function. The second part of the chapter takes a close look from within the ongoing proceedings, and more specifically the 9/11 trial. Through the description of the legal framework and actual practice of military commission proceedings, it is empirically shown how 'The most important trial since Nuremberg' continues to be mishandled.

Keywords: military courts, Guantanamo, war on terror, 9/11 criminal trial

JEL Classification: K14, K33, K41

Suggested Citation

Weill, Sharon and Robinson, Mitch, The Decaux Principles on the Administration of Justice by Military Tribunals and the Guantanamo Bay Trials (November 2, 2017). Published in Réciprocité et universalité : Sources et régimes du droit international des droits de l'homme - Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Emmanuel Decaux, p. 533 (Paris, Pedone, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3095408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3095408

Sharon Weill (Contact Author)

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Mitch Robinson

Government of the United States of America - Department of Defense ( email )

Arlington, VA 20301
United States

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