McGeorge School of Law

Brigadier General to focus on Guantanamo Bay

October 7, 2013

Brigadier General Mark Martins

Brigadier General Mark Martins

About the Presentation

Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions, will give a presentation focusing on the military commissions and activities at Guantanamo Bay. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.


Oct. 10, 2013 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.


The Courtroom
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817

More about Brigadier General Mark Martins

In September of 2011, Brigadier General Martins became Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions. Over the previous year, in Afghanistan, Martins was commander of the Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan and of the dual-hat NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission. The prior year, also in Afghanistan, he had served as the first and Interim Commander of Joint Task Force 435 and then as its first Deputy Commander upon Senate Confirmation of Vice Admiral Robert Harward. In these roles, Brigadier General Martins led the effort to reform United States detention operations in Afghanistan and provided field support to Afghan and international civilian rule of law project teams in contested provinces of the country. Immediately prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, Brigadier General Martins co-led the interagency Detention Policy Task Force created by President Obama in January 2009.

Commissioned in the infantry after graduating first in order of merit from the United States Military Academy in 1983, Brigadier General Martins served as a platoon leader and staff officer in the 82d Airborne Division. He then became a judge advocate and has since served in a variety of legal and non-legal positions. These have included criminal trial counsel, operational lawyer, staff judge advocate, chief of staff, and commander. He has been deployed to zones of armed conflict for more than five years, including service as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Kosovo Force, Staff Judge Advocate for First Armored Division and then Multi-National Force—Iraq, and his recent duties with Rule of Law Field Support Teams across eight provinces and twenty-three key districts in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Martins is a Rhodes Scholar (Balliol College, PPE, 1st Class Honours, 1985) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude, 1990). He holds an LLM in Military Law and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy, having attended the Infantry and Judge Advocate Officer Basic courses, the Judge Advocate Graduate course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He has published widely in professional journals.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (two awards), and the Army Meritorious Service Medal (multiple awards). He has also earned the Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

In April of 2011, Brigadier General Martins was awarded the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom.