Course Description

601:568. MILITARY LAW (3)


An introduction to the unique substance of U.S. military law, and to its place in our constitutional system. The course will explore the nature and function of contemporary military justice. Topics include the constitutional rights of military members; court-martial jurisdiction and offenses; trial and appellate structure and procedure; Nonjudicial punishment and administrative discipline; the roles of commanders, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President; command influence; the role of custom; and punishment. Current issues including sexual offenses, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” military justice on the battlefield, and judicial independence, will be addressed. The class will consider issues of, how the military justice system can be improved, and the impact of current cases, such as Manning, Hasan and Witt. Graded requirements are a final exam.