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Public Lecture: 'Iraq and the law: what went wrong?'

by Rabinder Singh QC

14th November 2007

Rabinder Singh QC, a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Visiting Professor
of Law at the LSE, has been involved in some of the leading cases of the
last five years raising legal issues arising out of the war against
Iraq. In this lecture he will for the first time in a public forum give
an account of that work, which includes: the legality of the UK's
participation in the invasion in 2003; attempts to get a public inquiry
into the circumstances leading to the invasion; the applicability of the
Human Rights Act to British forces in Iraq; and the alleged torture and
killing of Iraqi civilians (including Baha Mousa) by British forces.
Singh will explore whether the concept of law can withstand the intense
pressures which have been put upon it by these issues. He will ask
whether we should not just give up on law and accept that force and
realpolitik will prevail, or whether despite everything law still has a
role to play.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or pre-registration
required. You are advised to arrive 15-20 minutes early, to maximise
your chances of gaining entry to the event.

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