We ignored the rule of law – the result was Iraq – The Guardian

‘By acting in defiance of the UN charter, as I warned when I was a Foreign Office lawyer in 2003, we put our reputation at risk. So it has proved.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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The Chilcot Report – an Illegal War? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘More than 7 years after Gordon Brown first announced that a public Inquiry would be conducted to identify lessons that could be learned from the Iraq conflict, the Chilcot report was finally published on7 July 2016. However, it was worth the wait. This post does not seek to summarise the report: there are many other good overviews (such as the BBC’s ). The report’s executive summary, in particular the key findings section, is also well worth a read. The intention is to cover in this and subsequent posts some of the key legal issues raised by the report. This post considers the relevance of the Chilcot report’s findings to the broader issue of whether Britain’s intervention in Iraq was legal – an issue which was not itself within the remit of the inquiry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th July 2016

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Chilcot’s lessons on going to war must be enshrined in law – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2016 in constitutional reform, Iraq, news, parliament, reports, war, weapons by sally

‘A robust and agreed framework should be followed by future cabinets before decisions on military action are taken.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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The Iraq War’s hard lessons – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2016 in armed forces, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘Sir John Chilcot’s long overdue, and extremely lengthy report, has the unenviable task of drawing a line under the deeply unpopular Iraq War.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2016

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Chilcot inquiry must restore trust in government, says top lawyer – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, intelligence services, Iraq, news, parliament, prosecutions, war by michael

‘One of Britain’s leading experts in international law has said that the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war must deliver a convincing account of the mistakes that led to the 2003 conflict to help restore public trust in politics.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2016

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House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee report: government response – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted July 1st, 2016 in reports, select committees, sexual offences, war, war crimes by tracey

‘The government has now published its response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 30th June 2016

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Chilcot Inquiry: When is the Iraq War report being published and why has it taken so long? – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 29th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

‘The Chilcot Inquiry – also known as the Iraq War Inquiry – was set up in 2009 by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to examine the UK’s involvement in Iraq.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2016

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If the Chilcot report finds the Iraq invasion violated the UN Charter, what are the consequences? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 28th, 2016 in inquiries, international courts, Iraq, news, reports, treaties, United Nations, war by sally

‘The Chilcot report, when published next month, will surely criticise some of those responsible for launching the Iraq war on 20 March 2003 and for the suffering and damage which it caused. Lawyers are certainly already mulling over the prospect of litigation, criminal as well as civil.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th June 2016

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Chilcot inquiry: Timeline of events from 9/11 to the announced publication date of the report – The Independent

Posted May 10th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘The findings of the long-awaited Chilcot report will be published at the beginning of July – shortly after the EU referendum – a spokesman for the inquiry announced today. Here is a timeline of the events, starting with the attack on the World Trade Centres in 2001 and ending with the announcement of the report’s publication date.’

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The Independent, 9th May 2016

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Chilcot report on Iraq war to be published on 6 July – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports, war by sally

‘The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq is to be published on Wednesday 6 July, two weeks after the EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Drone killings: Legal case ‘needs clarifying’ – BBC News

‘The legal case for using drone strikes outside of armed conflict needs “urgent clarification” from ministers, a cross-party parliamentary committee has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2016

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Ministers drop plans for war powers law – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, bills, news, parliament, war by sally

‘Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a war powers act that would enshrine into law a commitment to seek parliamentary approval before deploying British troops in combat.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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Chilcot report expected to single out senior British military figures – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, news, reports, war by tracey

‘Senior military figures will be singled out for criticism alongside Tony Blair and other establishment figures in the long-awaited Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is due to be handed to Downing Street next week.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2016

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UK has ‘legal duty’ to challenge Saudi Arabia over Yemen airstrikes – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2016 in international law, news, war, weapons by sally

‘The British government must challenge Saudi Arabia over whether it is using UK weapons to breach international humanitarian law by launching indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen, a leading lawyer has told the UK arms export control select committee.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2016

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What sort of justice do survivors of sexual war crimes want? – The Guardian

‘Convicting perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict is a milestone but we also need to enable survivors to build their future.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2016

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When humanitarian law meets human rights – OUP Blog

Posted December 15th, 2015 in human rights, international law, news, treaties, war by sally

‘As we reflect on Human Rights Month and the implications of conflict throughout 2015, we have asked some of the humanitarian law scholars who contributed to the new Geneva Conventions Commentary to explore the interplay between these two important legal disciplines, and how we should approach them in the future.’

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OUP Blog, 15th December 2015

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Chilcot report on Iraq war to be published next June or July – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2015 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports, war by sally

‘Sir John Chilcot has announced that he is to publish his report into the Iraq war next June or July following intense pressure from David Cameron to speed up his timetable.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2015

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£150m legal bill for troops just doing their duty – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2015 in armed forces, bills, costs, human rights, judicial review, law firms, news, time limits, treaties, war by sally

‘Ministers draw up plans to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights next time the Armed Forces are sent into combat.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2015

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Sir John Chilcot to set timetable for publication of Iraq war report – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have claimed a partial victory after Sir John Chilcot announced he would finally set a timetable for his report on the six-year inquiry into the war.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Chilcot report delays blamed on ‘vested interests’ – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2015 in delay, disclosure, documents, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, judges, news, reports, war by sally

‘Anger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2015

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