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Military Justice : A Very Short Introduction - Eugene R. Fidell

Military Justice

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2016
ISBN: 9780199303496
Number Of Pages: 152

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"You can't handle the truth." These iconic words, bellowed by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, became an emblem of the conflict between honor and truth that the collective imagination often considers the quintessence of military justice. The military is the rare part of contemporary society that enjoys the privilege of policing its own members' behavior, with special courts and a separate body of rules. Whether one is for or against this system, military trials are fascinating and little understood. This book opens a window on the military judicial system, offering an accessible and balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world. It illuminates US military justice through a comparison with civilian and foreign models for the administration of justice, with a particular emphasis on the UK and Canadian military justice systems.

Drawing on his experience as a serving officer, private practitioner, and law professor, Eugene R. Fidell presents a hard-hitting tour of the field, exploring military justice trends across different countries and compliance (or lack thereof) with contemporary human rights standards.

He digs into critical issues such as the response to sexual assault in the armed forces, the challenges of protecting judicial independence, and the effect of social media and modern technology on age-old traditions of military discipline. A rich series of case studies, ranging from examples of misconduct, such as the devastating Abu Ghraib photos, to political tangles, such as the Guantanamo military commissions, throw light on the high profile and occasionally obscure circumstances that emerge from today's military operations around the world. As Fidell's account shows, by understanding the mechanism of military justice we can better comprehend the political values of a country.

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"Eugene Fidell's Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction is an easy, breezy, but deeply learned read into the broader topic of military justice ... Every naval officer and senior enlist should read this book. It is well worth the time." - Captain John Byron, U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings Magazine

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Separate Rules for a Separate Society Chapter 1 Military Command and Military Discipline Chapter 2 The Arc of Civilianization Chapter 3 Who is Subject to Trial by Court-Martial? Chapter 4 The Substantive Reach of Court-Martial Jurisdiction Chapter 5 Command Influence, Lawful and Unlawful Chapter 6 Conduct Unbecoming and All That Chapter 7 The Military Judiciary Chapter 8 Military Lawyering Chapter 9 Military Justice in the Field Chapter 10 What about Guantánamo? Chapter 11 Peering Ahead Glossary References Further Reading Websites About the Author Index

ISBN: 9780199303496
ISBN-10: 0199303495
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 11.3 x 18.1  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.13

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