Calls to try former senior military officials by court-martial for their public political comments demand contextualization as well as condemnation.
Rachel E. VanLandingham is a professor of law at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, where she teaches criminal law, national security law, and criminal procedure. She is also the President, National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ). Professor VanLandingham is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and served as a judge advocate while on active duty. VanLandingham is a frequent commentator in the media on military law issues, and her writing focuses on criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security issues. She is a co-author of "The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Perspective."
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The dispute between Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer may be at the forefront of the news cycle, but the real story is the corruption of military good order and discipline.
The post below is the latest installment in Lawfare’s tradition of posting short pieces inspired by the annual Transatlantic Dialogues on International Law and Armed Conflict.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a report accusing both Hamas and the Israeli government of committing war crimes regarding an incident in May 2019. During these hostilities, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) struck 350 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza after those groups launched roughly 690 rocket attacks into Israel. HRW’s report claims that both sides unlawfully attacked civilians during the hostilities.