Ph.D. student, School of Law,
University of Nottingham
On 16 October 2012, the United States (US) Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit reversed the decision of the US Military Commission convicting Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Ladan’s former personal driver and bodyguard, for material support for terrorism and ordered the conviction be vacated. In addition, Hamdan was also the petitioner of a famous 2006 US Supreme Court case, Hamdan v Rumsfeld. Different aspects of the law of war were involved in these two judgments, and this contribution attempts to briefly introduce the background and the 2006 Supreme Court case, identify the main issues in the 2012 Court of Appeals case, and outline the responses to the judgement so far.