Mindia Vashakmadze

Policy and Research Papers

Military Justice in Ukraine: A Guidance Note

This note looks at the possibility of restoring military courts in Ukraine in light of recent international practice. It provides related recommendations, and explores how lessons learnt can guide the drafting of related legislation on Military Justice. The note is primarily addressed at parliamentarians, civil servants, legal experts, nongovernmental organisations and other actors involved in drafting or amending military justice legislation. It may also serve as a useful reference tool for researchers, students and security officials interested in security sector legislation in Ukraine and the wider region.

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Understanding Military Justice: A Practice Note

This Practice Note was produced by DCAF in its capacity as the Chair of the Security Sector Reform Working Group (SSR WG) of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC). The note reviews the theory and history of Military Justice in the context of Eastern and Central Europe, as well as countries of the Former Soviet Union and aims to assist practitioners in related reform processes by outlining the guiding principles of Military Justice and providing comparative analysis of legal models in various areas, including the judiciary. The note is primarily addressed at parliamentarians, civil servants, legal experts, nongovernmental organisations and other actors involved in drafting or amending military justice legislation, as well as, security officials, researchers, students, and anyone interested in security sector legislation.

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Understanding Military Justice

The bilingual toolkit contains a number of booklets in English and Arabic that provide norms and standards, guidebooks as well as practical examples of model laws in various areas of security sector legislation.
The following series have been published or are being processed:

• Police legislation
• Intelligence legislation
• Military Justice legislation
• Status of Forces Agreements

Additional series will be added as the needs arise. The existing series can easily be expanded through the addition of new booklets, based on demandfrom the Arab region. The toolkit seeks to assist lawmakers in the Arab region in responding to citizens’ expectations. Arab citizens demand professional service from police and security forces, which should be effective, efficient and responsive to their needs. They want police and security organisations and their members to abide by the law and human right norms and to be accountable for their performance and conduct. The toolkit thus promotes international standards in security sector legislation, such as democratic oversight, good governance and transparency. 

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