Two Court of Appeal judges today granted Campaign against the Arms Trade permission to appeal the Divisional Court’s judgment in relation to the Government’s decision to export arms to Saudi Arabia that are used in the conflict in Yemen. The Court of Appeal decided that it was arguable that the Government “had an obligation to make some realistic overall assessment of whether, and if so to what extent, there had been historic serious violations of international humanitarian law by the coalition in the Yemen. There was no legal or evidential presumption at play. It is arguable the obligation arose from the facts as a necessary part of assessing the future”. The full appeal will be heard later in the year. Jonathan Glasson QC was involved in the appeal.
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