“Snatch Rover” case – inviting judges into the theatre of war? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 21st, 2013 in armed forces, human rights, jurisdiction, negligence, news, Supreme Court, treaties, war by tracey

“Smith and Others (Appellants) v The Ministry of Defence (Respondent) and other appeals. So, the Supreme Court has refused to allow these claims to be struck out on the principle of combat immunity. It has also asserted that jurisdiction for the purpose of an Article 2 right to life claim can extend to non-Convention countries, and that the state can owe a positive duty to protect life, even in a situation of armed combat.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 2013

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Exclusive: Chilcot Inquiry to challenge official line on Iraq – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2013 in disclosure, electronic mail, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The inquiry into how Tony Blair committed Britain to war in Iraq is set to challenge the official version of events when it reports later this year, The Independent understands. The team led by Sir John Chilcot, which is examining Britain’s part in the US-led invasion, will ‘challenge previous accounts of what happened’, according to senior sources in the inquiry.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2013

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Legal Process as a Tool to Rewrite History – Law, Politics and History – Gresham College Lecture

Posted February 14th, 2013 in international courts, international relations, news, war, war crimes by sally

“Trials at the ICTY concerned political violence and criminality that resulted from disintegration of a federation from which seven new successors states were formed. That process has been defined as a ‘clash of state projects’, where violence happened in areas claimed by two or more parties, or an aspiring state. The war crimes trials at the ICTY that resulted from overlapping territorial claims in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo produced a huge record of trial evidence. Problems in the very small state of Kosovo may be seen as the beginning of the violent process of disintegration, now known loosely as the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The conflict in Kosovo of 1998-9 may be seen as the end of those wars. Kosovo now seeks global recognition as an independent state but faces opposition both as to its international legal entitlements and as to how its history in the conflict should be viewed.”

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Lecture by Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Gresham College, 13th February 2013

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Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous’ wars to blame for secret courts, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

“Ken Clarke has blamed Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous war on terror’ for the need to introduce secret courts to protect sensitive intelligence material.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012

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Government criticised for keeping Iraq war talks secret – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2012 in attorney general, freedom of information, Iraq, news, veto, war by sally

“The decision to keep Iraq war cabinet minutes secret is ‘disappointing’, the UK information commissioner has said.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2012

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Chilcot report into Iraq delayed by Whitehall refusal to release evidence – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2012 in disclosure, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Fierce opposition in Whitehall to the disclosure of key documents relating to the invasion of Iraq, notably records of discussions between Tony Blair and George Bush, has meant the Chilcot inquiry will not now be able to publish its report for well over a year.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2012

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Supreme Court judge on war, intelligence and the retreat of judicial deference – UK Human Rights Blog

“The recent standoff between two leading judicial lights, Jonathan Sumption and Stephen Sedley, may make for entertaining reading, but don’t be fooled.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th May 2012

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A human right to object to war – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 13th, 2011 in appeals, conscientious objection, courts martial, human rights, news, war by sally

“Moral objections to the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan do not constitute a defence to an insubordination charge, the Court Martial Appeal Court has ruled. The appellant was not entitled to disobey a lawful command on the ground of conscientious objection.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th December 2011

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Iraq war inquiry report delayed – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2011 in disclosure, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

“Damning criticism of Tony Blair and the way his government led Britain into invading Iraq, and continuing rows over the disclosure of secret documents, have delayed the report of the Chilcot inquiry until well into next summer and possibly much later.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2011

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Navy Afghan war objector Michael Lyons loses appeal – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in appeals, armed forces, conscientious objection, courts martial, news, war by tracey

“A Royal Navy medic who refused to attend rifle training because of his objection to the war in Afghanistan has lost an appeal against his detention.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2011

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Legal advisers must not alter their opinions to suit politicians, says leading international lawyer – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2011 in attorney general, legal profession, news, rendition, torture, war by sally

“Philippe Sands says lawyers bear some responsibility for enabling torture, rendition and the war in Iraq – and must in future be brought to account.”

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The Guardian, 5th October 2011

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MoD pays £1.3m compensation to Afghans for death, injury and damage – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2011 in Afghanistan, compensation, news, war by sally

“Afghan civilians compensated for deaths, injuries and property damage caused by British forces received £1.3m last year from the Ministry of Defence – but this was, on average, less than half of what they asked for.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2011

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Jack Straw hearing to end Iraq inquiry public hearings – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2011 in inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Jack Straw is to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry for a third time, as its public hearings come to an end.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

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Chilcot inquiry’s credibility ‘is on edge of an abyss’ – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2010 in inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The credibility of the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq is ‘on the edge of an abyss’ because of its lack of transparency, a leading international lawyer warned today.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2010

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Tony Blair summoned back to Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2010 in inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Members of panel are believed to be concerned about damaging and conflicting evidence revealed since former PM’s last appearance.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2010

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‘No legal case’ for Iraq invasion – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 7th, 2010 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“Human rights lawyers have claimed that the UK had no legal case for its 2003 invasion of Iraq, in a submission to the Chilcot Inquiry seen by the Gazette.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

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Lord Goldsmith questions the MoD’s practices in Iraq – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2010 in armed forces, attorney general, illegality, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The former Labour government’s top legal adviser during the Iraq war has questioned whether the British military justice system is fit for purpose.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2010

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MoD settles stressed press officer case – BBC News

“A Ministry of Defence press officer who claimed he suffered from stress-related illnesses after being ‘frugal with the truth’ about troops’ safety in Iraq has settled his case with his employer.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2010

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Nick Clegg’s ‘illegal’ Iraq war gaffe prompts legal warning – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2010 in illegality, Iraq, news, parliament, war by sally

“Nick Clegg was tonight (21 July) forced to clarify his position on the Iraq war after he stood up at the dispatch box of the House of Commons and pronounced the invasion illegal.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2010

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Chilcot inquiry: Iraq papers show Lord Goldsmith’s warning to Tony Blair – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2010 in attorney general, documents, illegality, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Tony Blair was warned by his government’s chief law officer that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal the day before he privately assured President George Bush he would support US-led military action, documents released today by the Chilcot inquiry reveal.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2010

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