Guide to Researching Military Law

Torture and Military Law Research

Torture
   International Law Aspects
   U.S. Military Tribunal
   Sources for US Government Documents
   Other Sources

Canadian Military Law
   International Law Aspects
   Sources for Journal Articles
   Periodical Indexes  

Canadian Documents
   Regulations, Orders and Directives
   Decisions
   Bibliographies 
   Other Policy Documents and Publications  
   Libraries
 

TORTURE

A. International Law Aspects:

Third Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949. http://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/INTRO/375

See also the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
"Human Rights in the Administration of Justice: Protection of Persons Subjected to Detention or Imprisonment".

B. U.S. Military Tribunal:

Combatant Status Review Tribunal
http://www.defense.gov/news/combatant_tribunals.html

Findlaw specific section on military tribunals:
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/tribunals.html?5b

Air War College – Links to Military Laws and Regs
(uniform code of military justice, manual for courts martial, etc.)
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc-law.htm#mcm

C. Sources for U.S. Government Documents:

(including Military Tribunal transcripts as well as the "torture memos" - Memos written by the Legal Advisor to the President concerning the legality of these detentions).

ACLU - Most comprehensive source for documents on this topic.
https://www.aclu.org/action

National Security Archive - another source for classified documents:
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB127/

D. Other Sources

NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5248973

http://guantanamobile.org

Here is an article written by one of the FindLaw commentators that helps to set the time line and gives you some background about the "torture memos" and how they come into play.

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20050114.html

This Washington Post Timeline is also VERY helpful:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/daily/graphics/guantanomotime_050104.htm

CANADIAN MILITARY LAW :

A. International Law Aspects:

Geneva Conventions
See the final heading "Humanitarian Law" on the UN OHCHR's website.
http://www.ohchr.org/english/law/index.htm

International Committee of the Red Cross -International Humanitarian Law
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/TOPICS?OpenView

B. Sources for Journal Articles:

Army Lessons Learned (Bulletin)
http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/lessons-learned-centre/lessons-learned-bulletin.page

Canadian Army Journal
http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/canadian-army-journal/army-journal-index.page

Canadian Forces College Papers
http://www.cfc.forces.gc.ca/303/171/171-eng.html

Canadian Forces College Review
http://wps.cfc.forces.gc.ca/en/otherpublications/pubs/index.php?publicationId=1

Canadian Forces College -Links to Electronic Military Journals
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/scampi/list.html

Canadian Military Journal
http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/

Canadian Naval Review
http://www.navalreview.ca/past-issues/

Jane's Information Group
http://www.janes.com/

Sword and Scale (CBA National Military Law Section)
http://www.cba.org/CBA/Sections_military/main/

Periodical Indexes:

College Automated Military Periodicals Index
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/scampi/search.html

Index to Military Periodicals
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/aulimp/

C. Canadian Documents

i. Regulations, Orders and Directives

Defence Administrative Orders and Directives
http://www.admfincs.forces.gc.ca/admfincs/subjects/daod/intro_e.asp

Queen's Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces
http://www.admfincs.forces.gc.ca/qr_o/intro_e.asp

Military Law Overview
http://www.cmac-cacm.ca/business/military_law_e.shtml

Judge Advocate General Policies and Directives
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-legal/index.page

Decisions

Court Martial Appeals Court of Canada
http://decisions.cmac-cacm.ca/cmac-cacm/en/nav.do

iii. Bibliographies

From the Canadian Forces College:
http://wps.cfc.forces.gc.ca/en/bibliographies/index.php

iv. Other Policy Documents and Publications

Army Electronic Library
http://armyapp.dnd.ca/ael/Default.asp

Canadian Bar Association -National Military Law Section
http://www.cba.org/CBA/Sections/military/default.aspx

Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies
http://www.ciss.ca/

Current Operations
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations-abroad-current/index.page

Defence Policy Documents
http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/search/advancedSearch.html

National Defence Key Documents
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-reports-pubs/index.page

Office of the Judge Advocate General - publications
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-reports-pubs-military-law/index.page

v. Libraries
Canadian Forces College Library catalogue
http://ares.cfc.forces.gc.ca/rooms/

Military Libraries -Canada
http://wps.cfc.forces.gc.ca/en/otherlibraries/index.php?typeId=14#14