The Kevin J. Barry Writing Award for Excellence honors an outstanding scholarly article on military legal topics published in a calendar year.
The award is named for an outstanding scholar and peerless advocate of reform: Kevin J. Barry, a founder and longtime director of NIMJ. Captain Barry retired from the Coast Guard after 25 years of service that included duty as an operations officer, navigator, trial and defense counsel, staff judge advocate, and trial and appellate judge.
As a lawyer, scholar, citizen, and gentleman, Kevin Barry is a model for those who work to improve military justice.
The award carries a $250 prize and certificate.
Articles published in an academic journal, law review, or similar forum during 2021 are eligible for that year’s award (including articles dated in an earlier year but which actually appear later; some law journals take so long to release their issues that an article dated 2017 might actually appear in 2018).
This award is intended to recognize substantial scholarship and will be evaluated for “excellence in military legal studies,” with the winner selected by a committee of law professors and practitioners, keeping in mind NIMJ’s mission to improve public understanding of military justice.
If no article is deemed appropriate for the award, the committee may elect not to make an award for that year. If more than one article is deemed worthy of recognition, the committee may honor such articles with honorable mention.
Copies of the winning and honorable articles will be published on NIMJ’s website if permitted by the author. Interested scholars should submit their articles to the NIMJ email with details of its publication, the author’s name, email, and phone number no later than midnight on 31 December 2021.
Click on a title to read the winning submissions.
|2019||Winner||Jacob E. Meusch||A "Judicial" System in the Executive Branch: Ortiz v. United States and the Due-Process Implications for Congress and Convening Authorities||35 J. L. & Politics 19 (2019)|
|2015||Winner||Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Burris||Thinking Slow About Sexual Assault in the Military||23 BUFF. J. GENDER L. & SOC. POL'Y 21 (2014-2015)|
|2015||Honorable Mention||Professor Robert J. Delahunty||The Returning Warrior and the Limits of Just War Theory||15 RUTGERS J. OF L. & RELIGION 219 (2014)|
|2015||Honorable Mention||Professor Jonathan Hafetz||Policing the Line: International Law, Article III, and the Constitutional Limits of Military Jurisdiction||2014 Wisc. L. Rev. 689 (2014)|
|2010||Winner||Professor Steven I. Vladeck||The Laws of War as a Constitutional Limit on Military Jurisdiction||4 J. NAT'L SECURITY L. & POL'Y 295 (2010)|
|2010||Honorable Mention||Lieutenant Commander Stephen C. Reyes||Left Out in the Cold:The Case for a Learned Counsel Requirement in the Military||ARMY LAW., Oct. 2010, at 5.|
|2010||Honorable Mention||Major Franklin D. Rosenblatt||"Non-Deployable: The Court-Martial System in Combat from 2001 to 2009||44 CREIGHTON L. REV. 1045 (2011)|
|2009||Winner||Professor Maeve Herbert||Explaining the Sioux Military Commission of 1862||40 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. (2009)|
|2009||Honorable Mention||Ambassador David Scheffer||Closing the Impunity Gap in U.S. Law||8 NW. U.J. INT'L HUM. RTS. 30 (2009)|
|2008||Winner||Professor Monica Hakimi||International Standards for Detaining Terrorism Suspects: Moving Beyond the Armed Conflict-Criminal Divide||33 YALE J. INT'L L. 369 (2008)|
|2008||Honorable Mention||Professor Geoffrey S.||Bringing Discipline to the Civilization of the Battlefield: A Proposal for a More Legitimate Approach to Resurrecting Military-Criminal Jurisdiction over Civilian Augmentees||62 U. MIAMI L. REV. 491 (2008)|
|2007||Winner||Professor Victor M. Hansen||What's Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander Lessons from Abu Ghraib: Time for the United States to Adopt a Standard of Command Responsibility Towards Its Own||42 GONZ. L. REV. 335 (2007)|
|2007||Honorable Mention||Major John C. Johnson||Under New Management: The Obligation to Protect Cultural Property during Military Occupation||190 MIL. L. REV. 111 (2007)|
|2007||Honorable Mention||Major Deirdre Brou||Alternatives to the Judicially-Created Feres Doctrine||192 MIL. L. REV. 1 (2007)|
|2006||Winner||Major Mynda Ohman||Integrating Title 18 War Crimes into Title 10: A Proposal to Amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice||57 A.F. L. REV. 1 (2005)|
|2006||Honorable Mention||Major Brian C. Baldrate||The Supreme Court’s Role in Defining the Jurisdiction of Military Tribunals: A Study, Critique, & Proposal for Hamdan v. Rumsfeld||186 MIL. L. REV. 1 (Winter 2005)|
|2006||Honorable Mention||Major Julie Long||What Remedy for Abused Iraqi Detainees?||187 MIL. L. REV. 43 (2006)|
|2006||Honorable Mention||Professor Earl F. Martin||America’s Anti-Standing Army Tradition and the Separate Community Doctrine||76 MISS. L.J. 135 (2006)|
|2005||Winner||Lieutenant Colonel Paul E. Kantwill & Major Sean Watts||Hostile Protected Persons or "Extra-Conventional Persons:" How Unlawful Combatants in the War on Terrorism Posed Extraordinary Challenges for Military Attorneys and Commanders||28 FORDHAM INT’L L.J. 681 (2005)|
|2005||Honorable Mention||Lieutenant Colonel David M. Jones||Making the Accused Pay For His Crime: A Proposal to Add Restitution as an Authorized Punishment Under Rule for Courts-Martial 1003(B)||52 NAVAL L. REV. 1 (2005)|
|2005||Honorable Mention||Major Paul M. Schimpf||Talk the Talk; Now Walk the Walk: Giving an Absolute Privilege to Communications between a Victim and Victim-Advocate in the Military||185 Mil. L. Rev. 149 (2005)|