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The South Asian Military Law Systems

U C Jha (Author)
Synopsis This book is a comparative study of the military law systems of the five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also considers those aspects of international human rights laws and international humanitarian laws which are relevant to the activities of the armed forces, while they are deployed in the armed conflicts, in the peacekeeping missions or when they are in barracks. Using famous cases to illustrate legal points, this book examines minor punishments, describes step-by-step court martial process, and offers an overview of the constitutional and statutory rights available to armed forces personnel in South Asia. The author recommends that the armed forces personnel must not be subjected to cruel and degrading punishments under the military laws; and certain groups, for example women combatants must not be vulnerable to discrimination. It also critically examines special emergency laws under which armed forces are deployed in the internal security duties in South Asia. The author is of the view that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including armed forces personnel, is not just a moral obligation. It is part of international human rights law, and the South Asian countries are obliged to respect and protect the rights of personnel serving in their armed forces. This is a timely study in South Asia, in the light of allegations of human rights violations against the armed forces personnel. It will have broad appeal for scholars in human rights, international humanitarian law, the military studies and anyone concerned with the policy studies in the armed forces.
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About the author

U C Jha

The author, Wing Commander (Dr) U C Jha, has extensive field and academic experience in international humanitarian law (IHL). He has been teaching the subject since a decade and is a resource person for the South Asian Teaching Sessions in IHL, conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has worked as a consultant (legal) to the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi. His work comprises six books and over 60 articles published in various journals and newspapers.

The author has 24 years of commissioned service in the Indian Air Force and was a Wing Commander when he took voluntary retirement. He holds a Ph D degree in Law and Governance from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He also holds a master's degree in law, life sciences, business administration, and defence and strategic studies, in addition to post graduate diplomas in intellectual property law, environmental law, international humanitarian law, refugee law and human rights law.

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Bibliographic information

Title The South Asian Military Law Systems
Author U C Jha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.10.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher KW Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9789380502434
length xii+268p., 25cm.