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Middle East

We have worked in several countries in the Middle East on cases involving private international law, commercial law, media and information law and human rights law.

R (Haider Hussain) v Seceratry of State for Defence

Danny Friedman QC and Tim Owen QC represented the appellant in this case before the UK Court of Appeal. The case recognised several important issues. First, that international humanitarian law is justiciable under domestic law by virtue of the policy of the relevant Minister to comply with it. Second, that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions contains both a negative obligation to refrain from war crimes and a positive obligation to ensure humane treatment and, thirdly, the concept of humane treatment is to be further understood not just by reference to article 3 European Convention of Human Rights, but also by reference to the principle of dignity contained in article 8. However, despite these findings, the court held that an interrogation method of short sharp screaming at civilians detained incommunicado in Afghanistan was not unlawful.

Alghanim v Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (ICSID)

Luis González García and Alison Macdonald are representing the Kingdom of Jordan in this pending International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration. The claim was brought by a Kuwaiti company and involves the telecommunications sector.

Iraqi Civilian Litigation (on-going)

Richard Hermer QC and Phillippa Kaufmann QC are representing several Iraqi civilians in this ongoing litigation against the UK Ministry of Defence. The case concerns alleged assaults, unlawful detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, torture and executions by British soldiers in Iraq between 2003 and 2009, for which the claimants seek compensation.

The Queen (Lord Carlile of Berriew & others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UK Court of Appeal)

Clare Montgomery QC and Raza Husain QC represented the appellants, a selection of members of the UK Parliament, who complained about the decision of the Home Secretary to exclude the prominent dissident Iranian politician, Maryam Rajavi, from the UK. The appellants argued that this was an interference with their article 10 (the right to freedom of expression).

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