What the Inquiry by the United Kingdom into its Decision to Intervene in Iraq Tells Us About International Legal Advice and Decision Making in Times of Crisis
14 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 31, 2017
The inquiry by the United Kingdom into its decision to intervene in Iraq is one of the longest running and most comprehensive examinations of government decision-making. In particular, the inquiry examined in detail the processes through which legal advice was provided to and formed a part of the decision by the Government of the United Kingdom to intervene in Iraq.
Through this lens this paper examines what the inquiry illustrates about the general relevance of international law to the decision to intervene in Iraq and more broadly what it says about the role of international law in decision making more generally. In particular, the paper pertains to the practical and ethical aspects providing international legal advice to government as well as the nature of government legal practice more generally.
Keywords: Chilcot, Iraq, International Law, Government legal practice
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