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On Emergency U.K. Data Retention Legislation

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

After Edward Snowden leaked, the UK Government dripped. Or, to put it less metaphorically, a major controversy played out in the UK over the past week around the speed, tone and scope of the coalition Government’s proposal to introduce, in little more than a week and through rushed emergency legislation, its (unfortunately abbreviated) bill on . . .
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David Miranda Decision Gives Broad Scope to UK Detention Authority

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:45 AM

As I noted in an earlier post, the UK High Court in an opinion by Lord Justice John Laws dismissed David Miranda’s suit challenging his detention by the Metropolitan Police at London’s Heathrow Airport on August 18, 2013. Lord Justice Laws first considers Miranda’s claim that the Metropolitan Police acted beyond the scope of the . . .
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Philip Bobbitt on Syria

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Philip Bobbitt has an interesting piece from yesterday that compares the different British and American outlooks on confrontation with Syria, and recommends a course of action in Washington.  He notes that the Brits conceptualized Syria primarily in humanitarian intervention terms, while the Americans are more focused on credibility and red lines, and he sketches the . . .
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British Bow Out of Syria Intervention, USG Plunging Ahead

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM

As Wells noted, the British Parliament rejected a motion of support for British participation in military strikes against Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons against its citizens.  Here are the stories in the NYT and Guardian.  After the vote Prime Minister Cameron issued this statement: It is very clear tonight that, while . . .
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UK Legal Position On Humanitarian Intervention in Syria

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Here is the UK’s statement on “the legality of military action in Syria following the chemical weapons attack in Eastern Damascus on 21 August 2013.”  It maintains that “[i]f action in the Security Council is blocked, the UK would still be permitted under international law to take exceptional measures in order to alleviate the scale . . .
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Britain’s Guantanamo?

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The BBC is reporting that British forces have been holding up to 85 Afghan detainees at a base in Afghanistan, some for as long as 14 months.   A British official is quoted as saying “Many are either suspected killers of British troops or known to be involved in the preparation, facilitation or laying of improvised explosive . . .
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Robin Simcox on MI5 and Homegrown Radicalism

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Robin Simcox, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London—who wrote this guest post for Lawfare last year about control orders in the UK—writes in after last week’s horrific terrorist attack in London about the burden on the British intelligence community and the difficulties of preventing and prosecuting domestic terrorism cases: As Lawfare readers . . .
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UK Considers Withdrawing from European Convention on Human Rights

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

In mid-March, I noted a speech by Home Secretary Theresa May, in which she advanced the idea that the UK should consider withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights.  As I noted then, the European Court on Human Rights had, again, blocked the deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan.  Qatada, who is considered by . . .
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The U.K.’s Independent Reviewer

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Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Ben asks an interesting question about the effectiveness of the British independent reviewer.  I didn’t have a chance to meet Mr. Anderson while he was here in Washington, but several years ago, I did meet his predecessor Lord Carlile.  At the time, I thought it was a very effective mechanism for “inside” review of decision-making . . .
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