Archive for the 'war' Category

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme court quashes troops’ human rights ruling – The Independent

“The country’s highest court today quashed a landmark ruling that British soldiers serving abroad are protected by human rights laws at all times.”

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The Independent, 30th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Supreme court to rule on human rights of soldiers – The Independent

“The Supreme Court rules today on a Government challenge to a landmark ruling that British soldiers serving abroad are protected by human rights laws.”

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The Independent, 30th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Iraq war inquiry to resume public hearings – The Independent

“The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will resume public hearings today after a break of nearly four months because of the general election.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

£8m: Britain’s compensation bill for dead and injured Iraqis – The Independent

“The Government has paid off more than 1,000 innocent Iraqis hit by botched British military operations that resulted in deaths, injuries and major damage to property.”

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The Independent, 16th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

AWOL soldier loses sentence appeal – The Independent

“A soldier who went absent without leave as he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his nine-month sentence today.”

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The Independent, 21st April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Human rights alliance demands inquiry into UK torture role – The Guardian

“Human rights groups have joined forces with a group of British MPs to campaign for an independent inquiry into the UK’s role in torture and rendition during the so-called war on terror.”

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq war was illegal, says former lord chief justice – The Guardian

“The Guardian once ­described Lord ‘call me Tom’ Bingham as ‘the radical who is leading a new English revolution’. That would not ­necessarily be your impression on meeting the gentlemanly, old-school 76-year-old who, when I arrive at his tall-ceilinged, book-lined, art-filled mansion flat in Notting Hill, west ­London, immediately makes me ­ coffee, served in a silver pot. If this is ­revolution, it will not be instant.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Goldsmith told two different truths, says legal expert – The Observer

“Fresh questions have been raised about how Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, came to back the use of military force in Iraq after one of the UK’s leading legal experts highlighted apparent contradictions in his testimonies before two official inquiries.”

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The Observer, 7th February 2010

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers want UK public inquiry into Iraq abuse – BBC News

“A group of lawyers is attempting to secure a public inquiry into how UK forces treated detainees in Iraq.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government ordered to reveal Iraq legal advice – The Independent

“The Government’s most senior legal advisers broke the law by refusing to tell The Independent who was given crucial advice about the treatment of prisoners during the war in Iraq, the Freedom of Information watchdog has ruled.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, a former government lawyer in Tony Blair’s administration and author of the Head of Legal blog, about the legality of the War in Iraq.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th January 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Iraq war was illegal, top lawyer will tell Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

“Tony Blair’s decision to take Britain to war in Iraq was illegal, the Foreign Office’s former chief legal adviser will tell the Chilcot inquiry this week.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq war inquiry told attorney general changed mind over legality of invasion – The Guardian

“The attorney general materially changed his advice on the legality of military action against Iraq a few days before the invasion, the inquiry into the war was told today.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret – The Independent

“Key parts of Tony Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will be held in secret, sources close to the hearings revealed last night.”

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The Independent, 13th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Sycophant’ Tony Blair used deceit to justify Iraq war, says former DPP – The Guardian

“Sir Ken Macdonald, director of public prosecutions between 2003 and 2008, says Blair misled and cajoled the British people into a war they didn’t want.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war incapable of deciding on legality – judges – The Guardian

“The Chilcot inquiry is incapable of addressing the key issue of whether the invasion of Iraq was legal, senior judicial figures have said, adding to the controversy surrounding the inquiry’s legitimacy.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Date set for Iraq war public hearings – The Guardian

“The first public hearings at the long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq war will take place next month, the panel’s chairman has announced.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Widow loses damages action over husband killed in Iraq – The Independent

“The widow of a security consultant shot dead during an ambush in Iraq lost her High Court damages action today.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Afghan war unlawful, says ‘deserter’ – The Independent

“A soldier facing court martial over his refusal to serve in Afghanistan is expected to claim in his defence that the war is unlawful.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Engineer wounded in Iraq claims for damages – The Times

“An engineer wounded in Iraq brought a landmark claim for damages yesterday against the Ministry of Defence and a private consultancy in a move that could pave the way for other civilians injured in war zones to sue their employers.”

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The Times, 30th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Public grilling for Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in Iraq inquiry – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown and Tony Blair face being questioned in public over their roles in the run-up to the Iraq war after the chairman of the independent inquiry indicated that he is to summon the prime minister and his predecessor to give evidence.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq inquiry likely to be public as Gordon Brown prepares for U-turn – The Guardian

“The government has given its strongest indication yet that it may back down over plans to hold the forthcoming Iraq inquiry in secret.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Falconer backs public Iraq probe – BBC News

“Former cabinet minister Lord Falconer has joined calls for the Iraq inquiry to be held ‘largely’ in public.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Brown under pressure to open Iraq inquiry to public – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown has been forced to open up the terms of the newly announced Iraq war inquiry after facing hostility to his plans from a broad coalition of former generals, former prime minister John Major and peers from all parties.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Retreat? Hutton and Butler ‘back public Iraq inquiry’ – The Independent

“Gordon Brown set to make U-turn over Iraq war inquiry and hold sections in public after attack by military and intelligence chiefs.”

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The Independent, 18th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Brown announces Iraq war inquiry – but it will be behind closed doors – The Independent

“Gordon Brown will attempt to win over Labour MPs this week by formally announcing an inquiry into the Iraq war. In a move designed to draw a line under the most controversial act of a Labour government, the Prime Minister will announce the investigation into the decision to go to war in 2003 and its protracted and bloody aftermath.”

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The Independent, 14th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Straw vetoes publication of cabinet Iraq war minutes – The Guardian

“Jack Straw today said he would take the unprecedented step of vetoing the release of cabinet minutes relating to the decision to invade Iraq.”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jack Straw issues ‘veto’ certificate under the Freedom of Information Act – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has issued a ‘veto’ certificate under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), overruling the Information Tribunal’s decision of 27 January upholding the Information Commissioner’s decision of 19 February 2008.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Secret Cabinet minutes on Iraq must be made public, tribunal rules – The Times

“Minutes of Cabinet discussions on the legality of war in Iraq have been ordered to be made public by the Information Tribunal, which today rejected appeals by the head of the civil service to keep them secret.”

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The Times, 27th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

New admission over legal advice on Iraq invasion – The Guardian

“Government fails to provide proof that the former attorney general was not pressured to change his initial opinion that 2003 invasion could be illegal.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freed from his judicial shackles, Lord Bingham delivers his judgment on the Iraq war – The Times

“Never underestimate the determination of a quiet man — or the power of a recently retired senior law lord.”

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The Times, 19th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Bingham attacks Bush for ‘cynical’ disregard for international law – The Times

“One of Britain’s most senior legal figures has castigated the Bush administration for its ‘cynical’ disregard for the rule of international law and the UK’s record as ‘an occupying power in Iraq’.”

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The Times, 18th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Iraq war legal advice flawed, says ex-law lord – The

“Legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq was fundamentally ‘flawed’, a former senior law lord said today.”

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The Independent, 18th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Iraq dossier memos ‘must be released’ – Daily Telegraph

“Memos and emails showing how the Government’s Iraq war dossier was ‘sexed up’ must be released, the information commissioner has ordered.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cherie Blair: it is ‘not clear’ whether Iraq war was legal – The Guardian

“The legal case for the 2003 Anglo-American invasion of Iraq ‘wasn’t clear’ and ‘still isn’t clear’, according to Cherie Blair who admits that she thought deeply about the war.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Gentle and another) v Prime Minister and others [2008] UKHL 20 – WLR Daily

R (Gentle and another) v Prime Minister and others [2008] UKHL 20

Art 2 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which provided that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law”, did not place the Government under a duty to members of the armed forces and their families to hold a public inquiry into whether it had obtained adequate legal advice on the lawfulness under international law of the invasion of Iraq.”

WLR Daily, 10th April 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

Mothers lose bid for Iraq public inquiry – The Times

“The mothers of two young soldiers killed in Iraq today lost their legal attempt in the House of Lords to force the Government to hold a public inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the conflict.”

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The Times, 9th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Legal bid to force Iraq inquiry – BBC News

“Nine Law Lords are to rule on another legal bid to force a public inquiry into Britain’s involvement in Iraq.”

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BBC News, 9th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Opposition push for immediate Iraq inquiry faces defeat – The Independent

“MPs will vote next week on whether there should be a full-scale inquiry into the Iraq war to ensure that lessons are learnt from the mistakes made.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Big Question: Should cabinet minutes be released, and what difference would it make? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Because the Government has been ordered to release the minutes of two key cabinet meetings held in the run up to the Iraq invasion in 2003. The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has ordered the Government to hand over the minutes after it initially turned down a request for them made under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Independent, 28th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Backstory: Iraq legal advice – The Guardian

“Shortly before the start of the Iraq war, the then-attorney general Lord Goldsmith published a nine-paragraph statement saying why he thought the invasion would be legal under international law.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government ‘must’ release Cabinet’s Iraq minutes – Daily Telegraph

“The Government has been ordered to release the minutes of Cabinet meetings where military action against Iraq was discussed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mothers of Iraq victims take case for inquiry to law lords – The Times

“The ‘overwhelming’ body of legal advice received by the Government in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was that it would be unlawful without a proper mandate by the United Nations, nine law lords were told yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry – The Guardian

“Questions about the legality of Tony Blair’s decision to join the US in invading Iraq will come under the spotlight before a rarely convened panel of nine law lords in Britain’s highest court next week.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-forces heads reject war votes – BBC News

“Four former chiefs of the defence staff have attacked the prime minister’s plans to let Parliament have the final say on sending troops to war.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Governance of Britain – War Powers and Treaties: Limiting Executive Powers – Ministry of Justice

“This consultation document seeks views on the role of Parliament in decisions to commit the armed forces to armed conflict abroad and on the ratification of treaties. It follows on from the ‘Governance of Britain’ green paper.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk


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