Past event


The Use of Military Commissions for Trials of Al-Qaeda and Associated Forces

Chatham House, London

Event documents

Transcript - Brigadier General Mark Martins
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Brigadier General Mark Martins, Chief Prosecutor, US Military Commission
Chair: Nick Childs, Defence and Security Correspondent, BBC


The US Military Commissions Act of 2009 reformed a much-criticized system of military commissions set up by US presidential order in 2001 to put on trial those captured in the ‘war on terror’.

Brigadier General Martins will outline and discuss the characteristics of the reformed act including due process protections, constitutional authority and compliance with international legal obligations. He will also address continuing challenges to the system’s legitimacy, suggest what will be necessary to surmount perceptions of ‘victor’s justice’ and offer thoughts on the future of efforts to hold Al-Qaeda and associated forces accountable under law.

Please note that the speech will be on the record, but the Q&A will be held under the Chatham House Rule.