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Al-Saadoon judgment revives fundamental questions over the UK’s extra-territorial human rights obligations, the role of lawyers and the evolving nature of warfare

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On 9 September 2016, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment (see here ) in the latest high profile case to deal with a number of serious allegations concerning the conduct of the British Armed Forces during the Iraq War. The case touched upon a number of contentious issues, but most importantly for this blog, the Court had to consider the reach of the United Kingdom’s international human rights obligations beyond British territory. Although the decision of the court slightly retreats from the far-reaching judgment of the High Court on this issue (see here ), the case marks an interesting contribution nonetheless and is surely destined for further litigation. The judgment also raises a number of issues which have ramifications beyond the constraints of the particular case, most notably in relation to the role of human rights lawyers who have been heavily criticised by the Prime Minister in recent months, and the changing nature of warfare and counter-terrorist methods. The c