State accountability for killings of civilians by soldiers in Northern Ireland: can the UK duck out? – Red Lion Chambers

‘On Nov 11, 2019, the Conservative Party announced rather unclear plans to take legal steps to ensure that inquest juries in Northern Ireland could not return verdicts of unlawful killing in relation to actions by UK soldiers (and presumably other state agents such as the RUC police) in operations during The Troubles. The plans also apparently include barring prosecutions for any alleged unlawful acts during such operations during The Troubles (there is no statute of limitations on serious criminal offences in the UK so this would be an entirely novel step).’

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Red Lion Chambers, 14th November 2019


Should the UK Make it Easier to Punish Foreign Human Rights Abusers? – Rights Info

Posted March 14th, 2018 in foreign jurisdictions, human rights, news, sanctions, state liability by sally

‘In the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter with ‘military grade’ nerve gas, the government is considering a tough new sanctions regime to target foreign human rights abusers.’

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Rights Info, 13th March 2018


You win some, you lose some…Rahmatullah (No.2) in the Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 24th, 2017 in appeals, human rights, news, rendition, state liability, Supreme Court, war by sally

‘In Rahmatullah (No 2) v MOD; Mohammed v MOD [2017] UKSC 1, the Supreme Court gave a further important judgment in the litany of cases arising out of the UK’s intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Court held unanimously that the doctrine of Crown act of state defeated claims brought by non UK citizens seeking to sue the Government in the English courts in respect of alleged torts committed abroad.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th January 2017


Action on compensation claims for slips and trips – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 31st, 2013 in compensation, fees, health & safety, news, personal injuries, state liability by sally

“Schools, businesses and councils will all be helped by the latest stage of major law changes turning the tide on compensation culture.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st July 2013


Don’t believe everything you read: there is a case for socio-economic rights – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 18th, 2012 in bills, human rights, news, social security, state liability by tracey

“Last week, a number of media commentators, politicians and others sought to subvert the second consultation of the Bill of Rights Commission. This consultation invites views on a number of key issues that form part of the Commission’s mandate. In the Daily Mail’s correspondent’s view, the Commission has committed an appalling transgression by asking potential respondents whether the UK Bill of Rights should include additional rights, referring amongst other things to socio-economic rights. This is echoed by the Sun which argues that the Commission has ‘suggested’ (which it clearly has not) that ‘all Brits be given handouts as a birth right’, and the Daily Express which suggests ‘Spongers can Sue to Claim Benefits’.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th July 2012


Go-ahead for Mau Mau torture case – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2011 in Kenya, news, state liability, torture by sally

“Four elderly Kenyans were give the go-ahead at the High Court today to sue the British government over alleged colonial atrocities committed during the Mau Mau uprising.”

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The Independent, 21st July 2011


MPs back UK torture damages plan – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2009 in news, state liability, torture, victims by sally

“Torture victims should be able to sue foreign governments in the UK courts, a committee of MPs and peers have said.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2009


Cooper v Attorney-General – Times Law Reports

Posted October 7th, 2008 in damages, EC law, law reports, state liability by sally

Cooper v Attorney-General

Chancery Division

“A judicial error in the application of European Community law would not create liability for damages unless it was a manifest infringement of the applicable law.”

The Times, 7th October 2008


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Stephen Cooper v Attorney General – WLR Daily

Posted October 3rd, 2008 in damages, EC law, law reports, state liability by sally

Stephen Cooper v Attorney General [2008] EWHC 2285 (QB); [2008] WLR (D) 303

“A judicial error in the application of European Community law must be a manifest infringement of the applicable law in order to create liability for damages.”

WLR Daily, 2nd October 2008


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.