Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pending issues in Spanish military justice reform

Spain managed to transition peacefully to democracy through a pact among the outgoing military regime and the new democratic elites. The pact included tough negotiations with the armed forces regarding military justice, specifically the scope of military jurisdiction and the procedural autonomy of the military prosecutors and judges. This interesting article (in Spanish) reminds us of the pending issues in both areas: in certain cases civilians can still be tried in military courts, and basic criminal due process rights are still not thoroughly enforced in military courts. The article calls for a new round of reforms of the military justice in Spain.

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