Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Transparency watch: Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan)

As readers of Global Military Justice Reform know, there is a pending case before the International Court of Justice between India and Pakistan, arising out of the espionage trial of an Indian national by a Pakistani military court. A death sentence has been adjudged. At issue before the ICJ is India's claim that Pakistan unlawfully denied consular access. The parties presumably also have something to say about the fairness of the military court proceedings.

Both countries have submitted their memorials to the court. One wonders why they have not been posted on the ICJ's website. This may simply be business as usual in The Hague, but the lack of transparency as to the parties' written submissions does little to contribute to public confidence in the administration of justice.

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