Al Jedda v United Kingdom

Forum and dates

Al Jedda v UK was heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in July 2009.

Outline of the issues

The case involved the indefinite detention of a dual British/Iraqi citizen in a Basra facility run by British forces. In 2007, the House of Lords ruled unanimously that the detention was lawful because the UK government had been authorised by UN Security Council resolution 1546. JUSTICE had intervened in the case before the House of Lords and (in January 2006) in the Court of Appeal.

Outcome

On 7 July 2011, the Grand Chamber held that the Security Council resolution did not displace the UK government’s obligations to protect the right to liberty under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights

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JUSTICE's submission in the case before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Grand Chamber's judgment, and JUSTICE's press release in response.

From 2007 - JUSTICE's submission in the House of Lords and associated press release, the House of Lords judgment and JUSTICE's press release in response.

From 2006 - JUSTICE's submission in the Court of Appeal and associated press release, and the Court of Appeal judgment (n.b. this is a 6,6Mb PDF file and may take some time to download).