From Our Chairman

From Our Chairman

The launching of NIMJ’s new website is a symbol of our resurgent activity in the area of military justice and education.  Founded in 1991, NIMJ remains the sole non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to educating the American public about its military justice system and advocating for its fair administration.  NIMJ’s directors and advisors have served as Judge Advocates in all branches of the U.S. armed forces, and many are scholars and practitioners who specialize in military law, the law of armed conflict, and national security law.  For over 25 years, NIMJ has used the expertise of its Board of Advisors to improve the U.S. military justice system by, among other things, sponsoring two Commissions on military justice, providing input on proposed statutory and regulatory changes, publishing volumes of reports on the Guantanamo military commissions, commenting on pressing issues of military law, and filing many amicus curaie briefs with military and civilian courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court, all of which are available on this website.

With the loss of resources following the collapse of one of its principal funders, NIMJ entered a period of reduced visibility, though it never flagged in its commitment to education and the improvement of the American military legal system.  NIMJ remained a presence on CAAFlog, continued to be involved in advocacy before appellate courts, and acted as an NGO observer at the Guantanamo military commissions. In recent years, with the continued importance of military law as an issue of national and international concern, NIMJ has moved towards regaining its prominence in areas including military justice, the law of armed conflict, military commissions, and veterans’ issues.  This website marks its return as a provider of resources for military law practitioners, scholars, the media and the general public.  NIMJ is dedicated to encouraging scholarship on these critical issues, and sponsors legal writing competitions in military law, one for law students and one for scholars.  These papers are available on our website, as well.

As NIMJ moves forward, we anticipate that this website will serve a crucial function as a connection between our organization and those dedicated to the American system of military law.  In addition to profiling our officers, directors, and advisors, and listing experts on call for media comment and consultation, it will eventually contain topical discussion sites on military law and justice, Guantanamo commissions, operational law, and veterans’ issues, and provide links to helpful government publications and secondary sources.  It also includes an archive of advocacy letters, amicus briefs, and scholarly papers.

We hope that these materials will be useful to the specialist and the general public alike, and we encourage you to let us know about other information that you would like to see on the website.

Ronald W. Meister
Chairman, National Institute of Military Justice