The modern law of self-defence
, - International Institute for Strategic Studies.
At this IISS event the UK Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, will explain the UK’s position on the application of international law on self-defence. He will set out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas, and stress that it is vital for the UK to retain the right to deploy lethal force in self-defence against terrorists who would harm the country.UK adoption of US drone assassination model ‘shocking’ – campaigners
In particular he will discuss the concept of 'imminence', and will, for the first time, outline the legal considerations that would be discussed before action is taken in self-defence against an imminent attack.
, - RT.com
Britain will look to the US drone assassination model as it seeks to update its own rules of war, a move campaigners say is deeply concerning.UK to conduct anti-terrorist operations in Irish Airspace,
Sir Jeremy Wright QC, the government’s senior lawyer, will give a speech on the law as it relates to targeted killing. Wright will speak at the International Institute for Strategic Studies on Wednesday.
The key issue which he is expected to address is that of ‘imminence’ – the circumstances required to legitimate a pre-emptive strike – and the potential for collateral damage – killing civilians – in order to ‘save’ lives elsewhere.
Wright is expected to insist that the threshold for deadly action and for collateral damage are not being lowered, but rather brought up to date.
“So we really want to see the principles [of pre-emptive self-defense] that the US have already adopted, which we think strikes the right balance of all the different factors,” he will say according to a draft of the speech seen by the Guardian newspaper.
- UK Defence Journal
It is understood that Civil servants from the Irish Department of Defence and Department of Foreign Affairs with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) entered into a bilateral agreement with British counterparts: the RAF, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Defence, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The agreement reportedly permits the British military to conduct armed operations over Ireland in the event of a terrorist-attack, real or suspected.