The military march towards justice


Navdeep Singh, a city-based lawyer who has carved out a niche in military law issues, is set to unveil a compilation of essays from lawyers, academics and judges around the world, on court decisions military history on Friday. The book “March to Justice: Global Military Law Landmarks” is edited by Singh, who is also founding president of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar Association, and Franklin D Rosenblatt, judge of the Mississippi Military Court of Appeals. Here he tells Manish Raj Malik what inspired him to embark on this book.

What prompted you to work on this book?

We thought of publishing such a compilation because there is a total vacuum on this subject at the international level. We wanted readers to know and understand how military justice works, what gray areas need improvement, and what the comparative trajectory in various countries has been in military law and justice. Like any other citizen, the brave women and men who stand up for their respective nations deserve the best, and that includes protecting their rights that uplifts them, improves discipline and also helps them serve better. . The aim was also to conduct a comparative analysis of the law in different nations for a better understanding of the military justice system.

How did you collaborate with Franklin D Rosenblatt?

Franklin D Rosenblatt is a former officer in the Judge Advocate General’s branch of the United States Army. He now teaches at Mississippi College School of Law in the United States and is also a judge of the Mississippi Military Court of Appeals. We first met at a conference at Yale Law School in the US in 2013. Then, in 2018, we both became part of the “Yale Project Principles,” an improvement on the existing document. of the United Nations on the Administration of Military Justice. We have met many times around the world at various conferences and conferences.

What do you think is unique about the book?

It is the only book in the world that compiles essays and commentaries on landmark constitutional court judgments on military law. It should appeal not only to readers interested in the military or the law, but also to readers in general and those interested in public policy, governance and human rights. It is written in a non-technical way in order to be accessible to both laymen and experts.

How did you choose the title?

“Justice” is the ultimate goal that any legal system aspires to achieve. How different jurisdictions around the world have attempted to “walk” toward this very important goal of “justice”, following slightly different paths, is what we seek to reflect in the book. While progress in many countries has been excellent, in others it has been less than satisfactory.


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