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circle bullet The legality of the Iraq War

Even before the Iraq War began the issue of its legality under international law was a key political as well as legal concern. At the end of 2002 Dr Williams helped co-ordinate a public mock trial at Gray's Inn which framed future discussion on this topic. It remains a key matter for the Chilcott Inquiry.

In 2003 Dr Williams was also part of the team that held another Inquiry into the conduct of UK armed forces during the war. On the basis of this inquiry, held in public at the LSE, a Report was published and submitted to the Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and is available here.

circle_bullet.jpg The Iraq War and International Law

iraqbookSupported by funding from the Joseph Rowntree Chartiable Trust, Dr Williams with Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers and Professor Christine Chinkin of the LSE, held two conferences to discuss legal issues arsing in the context of the Iraq War. A collection of essays on important subjects related to the laws of war, the occupation of Iraq, international criminal responsibility, and the future direction of international law was compiled as The Iraq War and International Law and published by Hart Publishing.


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Hugh Williams is a part time PhD student. He is researching the culpability of child soldiers for breaches of international criminal law, and how such breaches should be addressed by the international community. Hugh Williams is a practising barrister, specialising in criminal law. He gained a masters degree in public international law from Leicester University in 2009. His masters dissertation was a study of the development of international criminal law in non-international armed conflicts, and the role of ICTY jurisprudence.

Current research project: PhD researching the treatment of children under International Criminal Law.