UK Attorney General Announces Government Position on Drone Strikes

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Michael Plachta
On January 11, 2017, United Kingdom’s Attorney-General, the Rt Hon. Jeremy Wright QC MP, delivered a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London on “The Modern Law of Self-Defense”. Wright’s speech was aimed at redefining and clarifying the legal basis for future RAF drone strikes intended to counter terrorist threats from jihadists or other non-state actors (NSA). Any threat, however, must be deemed to be “imminent”. He said he was adopting a series of tests devised in 2012 by Sir Daniel Bethlehem, a former foreign office legal adviser, to justify strikes.