The Legal Advisory Process in the United Kingdom

Marc Weller

in Iraq and the Use of Force in International Law

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199595303
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595769 | DOI:
The Legal Advisory Process in the United Kingdom

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Chapter 6 considered the flow of events in the Uunited Kingdom leading up to the launch of the war against Iraq. This chapter considers a number of issues that have arisen from this extraordinary story and offers some conclusions in relation to them. The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, supported by his Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, swept away the correct, technical legal advice that would have inhibited what they regarded as an overriding policy aim. They did so on the basis of their assessment of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council. This assessment was based on their own understanding, and that of their US counterpart, of what was essential and necessary when dealing with Saddam Hussein and his regime. However, their assessment turned out to be manifestly deficient, both in terms of its basis in law and, as it later transpired, in terms of fact.

Keywords: international law; UK; foreign policy; Iraq; defence policy; military action; Tony Blair; regime change

Chapter.  15869 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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