Military Justice: a Very Short Introduction (Book Review)

Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Vol. 10, 2018 Forthcoming

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-14

6 Pages Posted: 23 May 2018 Last revised: 30 Sep 2018

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Mark Nevitt

Emory University School of Law; Georgetown University - Center on National Security and the Law

Date Written: May 11, 2018

Abstract

This short essay reviews Professor Eugene Fidell’s recently published book, “Military Justice A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford Press). This book is a welcome addition to military law and military justice literature more generally. Eugene Fidell, a professor at Yale Law School, brings a tremendous breadth of experience as both a scholar and military justice practitioner. He also possesses a keen observational and critical eye to the subject of military justice practiced here and abroad.

The book review first provides an overview of Professor Fidell’s book, its organizational set-up, and where it sits in the broader context of military justice literature. Second, it highlights the aspects of the book that should be of particular interest to readers – such as members of the media – that require a familiarity with the court-martial and military justice system. The military criminal justice system can appear quite opaque to outside observers. Readers seeking to understand military justice jargon and its somewhat unusual design will be well served by this book. I commend it to anyone with an interest in military justice, particularly those seeking to “get up to speed” quickly on the critical differences between the civilian and military justice system.

Keywords: Military law and justice system, national security law, court martial, military criminal law, Military Justice A Very Short Introduction, Eugene Fidell, book review

Suggested Citation

Nevitt, Mark, Military Justice: a Very Short Introduction (Book Review) (May 11, 2018). Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Vol. 10, 2018 Forthcoming, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3182661

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