In the Media

We must not apply civilian law to the battlefield

PUBLISHED December 8, 2013

The Sunday Telegraph can disclose that a human rights ruling by the courts has left British troops facing 11 separate inquiries about their conduct in Iraq. We all want to see justice done for anyone who has suffered as a result of abuses conducted in the fog of war, and it is right that battlefield discipline be maintained and claims investigated. But it is troubling to see law designed to cover civilian life being applied to the special, and uniquely stressful, circumstances of the battlefield.