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
Date Written: November 2, 2017
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
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