- Significant amendments to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, resulting from the work of the Military Justice Review Group. Downsides: no public hearings of any kind on Capitol Hill; no improvements in GI access to the U.S. Supreme Court; no transfer of charging power from commanders to lawyers independent of the chain of command
- Initiation of a comprehensive review of Canadian military justice. Downside: the government is not promising it will all become public (possible invocation of attorney-client privilege)
- Referral of the case of Sgt. Alexander Blackman of the Royal Marines back to the Court Martial Appeal Court. Downside: second-guessing the work of the British judicial system
- Continued use of military courts to try civilians in Pakistan, Egypt, Uganda. Downside: where to begin?
- The UN studies peacekeeper discipline, largely driven by events in the Central African Republic. Downsides: a serious "case of the slows"; tension between UN-NY and UN-Geneva
- Reform embraced in principle in India. Downside: not much sense of urgency for a top-to-bottom review of the military justice system, including creation of a modern, independent military judiciary and lawyer-driven charging
- Important details still to be painted in in the Colombia-FARC peace agreement. Downside: if the specifics are not broadly acceptable, potential deal-breaker
What would you add to or remove from the list? Developments in Mexico? Chile? Elsewhere? Comments are invited (but you must use your real name).