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UK House of Commons debate on the use of force in Iraq, 26 September 2014

On September 26th, the UK House of Commons will debate a Parliamentary motion which seeks to authorise: Her Majesty’s government, working with allies, in supporting the government of Iraq in protecting civilians and restoring its territorial integrity, including the use of UK air strikes to support Iraqi, including Kurdish, security forces’ efforts against ISIL in Iraq. The motion expressly states that it does not endorse air strikes in Syria, the authorisation for which would require a separate vote in Parliament, and that the government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations. The text of the motion is here. The UK government’s legal position is that there is “a clear and unequivocal legal basis for deployment of UK forces”.  A summary of this position is here. So what do you think?…

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Denmark Establishes a Commission of Inquiry into the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Jacques Hartmann is Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark and Fellow at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice, Italy. The Danish Government has decided to appoint a Commission of Inquiry on the Danish involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The terms of agreement for the Commission…

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Submissions to the UK Iraq Inquiry on the Legality of the Iraq War (Updated)

As reported here, this summer the UK's inquiry into the Iraq War (the Chilcott Inquiry) invited submissions analysing the arguments relied on by the UK government as the legal basis for the war. The deadline for making those submissions was extended from July to September 13. The inquiry reserved the right to publish submissions made to it.

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UK’s Iraq Inquiry Invites Submissions on Legal Arguments Used by UK to Justify the War

As we have previously noted here, the inquiry established by the UK to examine the UK's involvement in the Iraq War has spent some time taking evidence on the legal justification put forward by the UK for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, as well as on the manner in which legal advice on the issue was formulated and presented.

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How and Why International Law Matters – Lessons from the UK’s Iraq Inquiry

Much of the debate in the UK regarding the Iraq war has centred on the legality of the use of force. There was much public debate on the issue in the lead up to the war in 2003 and sustained interest in it since. The appearance before the UK inquiry, this past week, of Tony Blair and of…

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