Archive for 'Legality' Category

Miliband: Let’s learn the lessons of Iraq

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By Chris Ames Twelve years to the day since Tony Blair (reluctantly) recalled Parliament to present the Iraq wmd dossier, it looks as if Parliament may again be recalled to discuss UK military action in Iraq. We may have to wait for a decision from Ed Miliband though. Miliband told Sky News this morning: Miliband […]

Ye ancient ghoste of impeachment

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

by Andrew Mason Quite possibly, the Father of the House, Sir Peter Tapsell, read Simon Heffer’s Daily Mail piece published yesterday. Today, Sir Peter raised the same issue at Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons. The process for impeachment of a high official (be they a peer or a commoner) has long been […]

Inquiry could lead to war crimes case

By chrislamb - Last updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Chris Lamb With the recent submission of a substantial legal writ to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by Public Interest Lawyers and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights concerning the alleged systematic abuse of civilian detainees during the invasion and occupation of Iraq between 2003-08, the question of whether Tony Blair (and […]

Blair biographer says “Goldsmith was persuaded”, probably by Blair, to back the war

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

by Chris Ames The question of how attorney general Lord Goldsmith came to change his mind on the legality of the invasion at the last minute and trim the extensive and equivocal legal opinion that he drafted on 7 March 2003 to a single page of unequivocal assertion on 17 March is one that many […]

Blair – I would preferred to have gone…

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

by Andrew Mason The BBC will be screening the first episode of their new documentary series ‘The Iraq War’ at 21:00BST tonight (Wednesday 29 May 2013). From their preview page: Former British prime minister Tony Blair has told a BBC programme about the Iraq war that he would rather have quit as prime minister than […]

New submission on legality posted on the Digest

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

by Chris Ames When putting together the previous post linking to a blog piece on the legality of the war from Nigel D. White, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, I realised that Professor White had made a submission to the Inquiry in response to the Inquiry’s invitation in 2010. Professor […]

Iraq, Libya and Syria and the responsibility to protect

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

by Chris Ames On the Oxford University Press’s Law and Politics blog, Nigel D. White, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, has a piece entitled “Lessons from Iraq 10 years on“, which looks at the implications for international law, diplomacy and intervention of both the Iraq was and the Western intervention […]

Campbell’s spin as transparent as ever

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, June 25, 2012

by Chris Ames On my previous post on the issue of the Independent on Sunday article claiming that “Tony Blair blocked the Government’s most senior lawyer [the attorney general] from explaining to Cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq”, it was noted that Alastair Campbell had responded to the story on his blog. Campbell’s […]

Calls for Inquiry recall over Campbell claim

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, June 24, 2012

by Chris Ames The Independent on Sunday reports that: MPs demanded an emergency recall of the Chilcot inquiry last night after new revelations that Tony Blair blocked the Government’s most senior lawyer from explaining to Cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq. The story is based on the new version of Alastair Campbell’s diaries, […]

Countdown to Iraq

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, June 4, 2012

by Andrew Mason Alastair Campbell is scheduled to release Volume Four of his diaries on 20 June. This further edition, entitled ‘The Burden of Power: Countdown to Iraq’, is the final planned part of his series, although this new volume apparently indicates that he continued to keep a diary beyond 2003, the entries from which may […]