Targeting, the Law of War, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice

20 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2018

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Michael W Meier

Office of the Judge Advocate General, International and Operational Law Division

James T. Hill

Independent

Date Written: May 7, 2018

Abstract

Allegations of civilian deaths or injury or damage to civilian property caused during combat operations require an investigation to determine the facts, make recommendations regarding lessons learned in order to prevent future occurrences, and recommend whether individual soldiers should be held accountable. Using the factual circumstances of the airstrike on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital, this Article articulates how, in the context of targeting, a violation of the Law of War is made punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice as explained by the recent Targeting Supplement promulgated by The Judge Advocate General of the Army.

Keywords: International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict, National Security Law, Law of War, Military, Targeting, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Investigations

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Meier, Michael W and Hill, James T., Targeting, the Law of War, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (May 7, 2018). Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 51, 787-806, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3174918

Michael W Meier (Contact Author)

Office of the Judge Advocate General, International and Operational Law Division ( email )

2200 Army Pentagon
Room 3B548
Washington, DC 20310-2200
United States
571-256-2911 (Phone)

James T. Hill

Independent ( email )

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