UK Supreme Court Allows Victims of a British-American ‘Rendition’ Operation to Sue the UK Government

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Michael Plachta
On January 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom delivered three important judgments dealing with various claims alleging wrongful acts by the UK in the fight against international terrorism. In a series of linked judgments, the UK’s highest court ruled that ministers could not claim “state immunity” nor escape trial on the grounds of the legal doctrine of “foreign acts of state”. The judgments were delivered by the Supreme Court on issues arising from alleged complicity of United Kingdom officials in allegedly tortious acts of the UK or other states overseas.