Monday, December 20, 2021

Military investigations in armed conflict

Claire Simmons, a doctoral candidate at the University of Essex Law School and Human Rights Centre, has written Whose Perception of Justice? Real and Perceived Challenges to Military Investigations in Armed Conflict for the International Review of the Red Cross. You can hear her brief oral introduction here. Précis:

States must investigate possible violations of international humanitarian law in armed conflict, and many States use military procedures for all or part of the investigation process. Particular tensions can arise with regard to the perception of justice in the context of military judicial procedures, especially surrounding questions of independence and impartiality. This article lays out the international legal framework which should be used to solve these challenges, arguing that a State must address both the specificities of military institutions and the need for a perception of justice by the affected communities in considering the proper administration of justice in armed conflict.

Congratulations on an important, timely contribution to the literature. 

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