Court rules Saudi arms sales lawful
10/07/17, Public Law
R (on the application of Campaign Against The Arms Trade) v The Secretary of State for International Trade and interveners
The Divisional Court (Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave) today dismissed a claim for judicial review by Campaign Against Arms Trade. This was the first substantial challenge to a decision concerning compliance with international humanitarian law taken under the UK’s arms export regime. The court considered a large volume of evidence, both open and closed. In a detailed and lengthy judgment, it held that, despite numerous reports from apparently authoritative sources suggesting repeated violations of IHL by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, it was rationally open to the Secretary of State to conclude that there was no “clear risk” that UK-supplied weapons would in future be used to commit serious violations of IHL.
A number of NGOs were given permission to intervene in support of the claimant.
CAAT has sought permission to appeal.