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Submissions to the Inquiry


This page lists the submissions to the Inquiry that we know about so far.

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Submissions to the Inquiry’s seminars


The Inquiry has listed on its website the articles presented at its expert seminars. It has stressed that the submissions “represent the opinions of the writers and should not be taken to represent or imply the views of the Inquiry Committee.”

Seminar on The Evolution of International Policy towards Iraq 1990-2003

What accounts for the evolution of International Policy towards Iraq 1990-2003? by Dr Toby Dodge, Reader in International Politics, Department of Politics, Queen Mary University of London and Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Seminar on Iraq and the Region on the Eve of the 2003 Invasion

Iraq and its environment before March 2003 by George Joffé, lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Seminar on What were the causes and consequences of Iraq’s descent into violence after the initial invasion?

What were the causes and consequences of Iraq’s descent into violence after the initial invasion? [PDF - 563kb, 10 pages]
by Dr Toby Dodge, Reader in International Politics, Department of Politics, Queen Mary University of London and Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies.

What were the causes and consequences of Iraq’s descent into violence after the initial invasion? [PDF - 58kb, 9 pages] by Gareth Stansfield, Professor of Middle East Politics, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

Witness submissions

The Inquiry has published all “statements” made by witnesses, along with two memoranda from Jack Straw and a set of notes for a hearing on a single page. It has also published a number of other ad hoc submissions from witnesses, some of which are listed below.

Iraq: No Fly Zones (Foreign Office)

UN Security Council Resolutions on Iraq, 1990-2001 (Foreign Office)

Addendum to the evidence of Tim Dowse

The FCO’s knowledge of the internal political, social and economic picture in Iraq from early 2001 to March 2003 (Foreign and Commonwealth Office Research Analysts)

Alastair Campbell addendum to evidence

Submission to the Iraq Inquiry by Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP on the work of INDICT

Submission to the Iraq Inquiry on the work of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Iraq on Human Rights


Submissions from international lawyers


In June 2010 the Inquiry issued an open invitation to international lawyers to give their analysis of the arguments relied upon by the UK Government as the legal basis for the military intervention in Iraq. An extended deadline expired on 13 September but the Inquiry did not publish the submissions, despite having reserved the right to do so. Some of the submissions were subsequently put online, by the Guardian, the Digest and the individuals or groups who made them.

Submission from Philippe Sands QC

Submission from Dapo Akande, Marko Milanovic and others

Submission from Ralph Zacklin

Submission from Colin Warbrick

Submission from Alexander Orakhelashvili

Submission from Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group

Submission from Melinda Janki

Submission by Lionel Blackman

Other submissions


Letter from Human Rights Watch, 12 August 2009

Submission by Richard Heller, writer, 14 October 2009

Submission by Stan Rosenthal, web writer and Digest contributor, October 2009
(pdf file)

Submission by Andrew Mason, web writer and Digest contributor, October 2009
(pdf file)


Submission by Dr Chris Williams of the University of Birmingham (pdf file)

Submission from Geoff Taylor, Perth, Western Australia

Submission from Iain Paton, ex-RAF officer and Digest contributor



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