Leicester Law expert in test case
A University of Leicester academic has been involved in a test case relating to the Iraq war.
Professor Malcolm Shaw QC, who is the Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law at the University, was in a legal case raising novel points of law regarding the legality of the war.
It is the first time that the legality of the use of force by Britain and the US has been discussed in a criminal prosecution in England. The case relates to peace activists who tried to stop US bombers taking off for Iraq.
Professor Shaw argued that waging war is a matter of 'executive prerogative' over which courts have no jurisdiction. The Judge has issued a provisional judgment stating that the English courts have no jurisdiction over the question of the legality of the use of force in Iraq.
Last updated: 6 May 2004 16:20
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