Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

‘Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Using Trident would be illegal, so let’s phase it out – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2016 in international law, news, nuclear weapons, treaties by sally

‘Nuclear doom is nearer than most of us believe, experts warn. Britain must set a moral lead by becoming the first of the ‘big five’ powers to reduce its arsenal

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The Guardian, 15th July 2016

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Iranian bank sues over sanctions – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 19th, 2013 in banking, compensation, costs, EC law, Iran, news, nuclear weapons, sanctions, Supreme Court by tracey

“The taxpayer faces a bill for up to £1 billion after the Government was sued by an Iranian bank that claimed it had been wrongly placed on a sanctions blacklist.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2013

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Supreme Court – Measures against Iranian bank unlawful, and the secret hearing ruling – UK Human Rights Blog

“Two sets of judgments today from a 9-judge Supreme Court in the Bank Mellat case. The first explains why the Court adopted a secret procedure in the absence of the Bank (i.e. a Closed Material Procedure) but added that the whole palaver in fact added nothing to their knowledge. The second concludes that financial restrictions imposed in 2009 on an Iranian Bank which effectively excluded it from the UK financial market were arbitrary and irrational and were also procedurally unfair.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th June 2013

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Supreme court quashes Iran bank sanctions and criticises secret hearings – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2013 in banking, closed material, Iran, news, nuclear weapons, private hearings, sanctions by sally

“The government’s enthusiasm for secret courts has been set back after the UK’s most senior judges quashed anti-terrorist sanctions imposed on an Iranian bank and dismissed the intelligence involved as insignificant.”

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The Guardian, 19th June 2013

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The Atomic Veterans Litigation – 4 New Square

Posted March 19th, 2012 in appeals, damages, limitations, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“The Supreme Court handed down judgment in the Atomic Veterans Litigation (AVL) on 14 March 2012. The appeal is the first time the highest court has considered the law of limitation in group actions. The decision as to the correct approach to knowledge for the purpose of s.14(1) Limitation Act 1980 is relevant not only to personal injury claims but also to actions in respect of defective products (ss. 11A(4)(b) and 5(b)) and negligence actions not involving personal injury (s.14A). The decision is also relevant to the law of causation in tort and the extent to which claims may be proved by merely showing a material increase in the risk of harm.”

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4 New Square, 14th March 2012

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AB and others v Ministry of Defence – WLR Daily

Posted March 16th, 2012 in armed forces, law reports, limitations, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by tracey

AB and others v Ministry of Defence: [2012] UKSC 9;  [2012] WLR (D)  79

“Reasonable belief that a claimant’s injury was attributable to an act or omission of the defendant was sufficient to satisfy the requirement of knowledge in sections 11 and 14 of the Limitation Act 1980 for the purpose of determining whether his claim was time-barred.”

WLR Daily, 14th March 2012

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Veterans lose nuclear weapons test damages bid – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2012 in appeals, armed forces, compensation, news, nuclear weapons by sally

“Hundreds of ex-servicemen exposed to radiation in British nuclear weapons tests have lost a Supreme Court bid to launch damages claims against the MoD.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2012

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The Atomic Veterans Litigation – 4 New Square

“In the week commencing 14 November 2011, a seven-member panel of Justices of the Supreme Court (L Phillips, L Walker, L Hale, L Brown, L Mance, L Kerr and L Wilson) heard the Claimants’ appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Atomic Veterans Litigation (AB v Ministry of Defence [2010] EWCA Civ 1317). Argument took place over four days and judgment was reserved by the Supreme Court.”

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4 New Square, 21st November 2011

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Nuclear test veterans set for Supreme Court appeal bid – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2011 in appeals, armed forces, compensation, news, nuclear weapons by tracey

“Veterans involved in Britain’s nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s are taking their case for compensation to the Supreme Court.”

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BBC News, 28th July 2011

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British atom bomb test veterans lose damages case – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2010 in armed forces, damages, experiments, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“Atomic bomb test veterans who blame their ill health on exposure to radioactive fallout today lost their case for damages against the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

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Bank Mellat v HM Treasury – WLR Daily

Posted June 16th, 2010 in banking, Iran, law reports, nuclear weapons, proportionality, terrorism by sally

Bank Mellat v HM Treasury [2010] EWHC 1332 (QB); [2010] WLR (D) 148

“The powers conferred on HM Treasury by Sch 7 to the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 to give directions by order to persons operating in the United Kingdom financial sector could be lawfully exercised without allowing persons likely to be adversely affected by the order an opportunity to make prior representations; and the test of proportionality applied by para 9(6) of Sch 7 to the requirements imposed by such a direction was to be interpreted consistently with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, according to which the means used did not always have to be limited to the minimum necessary to accomplish the legislative objective.”

WLR Daily, 15th June 2010

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Aborigines to sue British Government over nuclear tests – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2010 in class actions, compensation, news, nuclear weapons by sally

“Australian aborigines and former servicemen are to sue the British Ministry of Defence over diseases and disabilities that they claim were caused by nuclear testing in the Outback more than 50 years ago.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2010

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Nuclear test veterans win right to sue Government – The Times

Posted June 5th, 2009 in armed forces, experiments, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“A thousand serviceman who say they suffered ill health because of Britain’s atomic tests in the Pacific in the 1950s won a crucial High Court victory today that paves the way for them to sue the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Times, 5th June 2009

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Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence – Times Law Reports

Posted February 25th, 2009 in byelaws, demonstrations, human rights, law reports, nuclear weapons by sally

Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence

Court of Appeal

“A bylaw prohibiting camping on land at Aldermaston was not justifiable and violated the rights to freedom of expression and of assembly guaranted by articles 10 and 11 respectively of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 25th February 2009

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Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2009 in byelaws, demonstrations, human rights, law reports, nuclear weapons by sally

Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWCA Civ 23; [2009] WLR (D) 35

“Para 7(2)(f) of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston Byelaws 2007, which prohibited the right of any member of the Women’s Peace Camp to camp within controlled areas on land owned by the Secretary of State for Defence to protest against nuclear weapons was not justifiable and violated the rights to individual freedom of expression and to freedom of peaceful assembly protected by arts 10 and 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2009

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Do atomic test victims deserve compensation? – The Times

Posted January 22nd, 2009 in armed forces, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“Fifty years ago the UK Government began a series of atomic and thermonuclear weapons tests on the Australian mainland, on Christmas Island and elsewhere in the South Pacific. About 25,000 members of the British, Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces, many national servicemen, and some Fijians, took part in the testing programme — either actively or as bystanders.  This week nearly 1,000 veterans took their multimillion-pound compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to the High Court. They say they have suffered illnesses — including cancers, skin defects and fertility problems — because of exposure to radiation from the tests.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2009

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Nuclear test veterans launch case – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2009 in armed forces, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“Veterans involved in British nuclear tests in the Indian and Pacific oceans are to launch a legal bid against the government at the High Court later.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2009

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Nuclear veterans told: No case for compensation – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2009 in armed forces, news, nuclear weapons, personal injuries by sally

“Ministers have been accused of blocking compensation claims brought by hundreds of nuclear test veterans who believe they developed cancers and other illnesses after being forced to witness atomic bomb experiments in the 1950s and ’60s.”

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The Independent, 11th January 2009

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