Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner

Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner

Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, a former government lawyer in Tony Blair’s administration and author of the Head of Legal blog, about the legality of the War in Iraq.

The legal analysis turns on United Nations Special Resolution 1441.  Yesterday Sir Michael Wood, Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,  was quite specific in his view that war would be unlawful without a second resolution.   The Foreign secretary, Jack Straw, rejected Sir Michael’s advice.  Elizabeth Wilmshurst, a deputy legal adviser at the FCO, was of the same view as Sir Michael Wood and, indeed resigned, so strong was her conviction that the war was unlawful.

Philippe Sands QC of Matrix Chambers and Professor of International Law at University College London has long been of the view that the war in Iraq was illegal and published a book to that effect some time ago.  There are few supporters of the revivalist theory put forward by Lord Goldsmith at the Iraq Inquiry hearing today – but Carl Gardner is one lawyer who does. The podcast is  a discussion between us rather than a traditional interview style podcast.

Listen to the podcast

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Read Carl Gardner’s blogpost on this issue

3 thoughts on “Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner

  1. Pingback: Charon QC podcast: Iraq and international law

  2. … and a very interesting podcast it was. I won’t repeat my views here since, for what they are worth, they are on Head of Legal’s blog.

    We certainly have an odd system in our country. Practically everyone with knowledge and experience of international law said it was unlawful. The Attorney-General finally concludes it is lawful. He wins!!

    I was particularly impressed by Anthony Scrivener QC argument in The Independent today (28th).

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/anthony-scrivener-a-lawyers-view-of-goldsmiths-evidence-1881328.html

    Makes sense to me.

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