Angus McCullough QC is acting as Special Advocate in this case concerning export licenses for the sale of UK-produced arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade group (CAAT) challenged the Secretary of State for International Trade’s decision not to suspend these export licenses and to continue granting new export licenses. This judicial review claim was made on the basis that the exported items might be used in serious violation of international humanitarian law in the Yemen. The Divisional Court (Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave) dismissed the claim for judicial review in July 2017.
The grounds for appeal are based on both open and closed evidence, and were held by the Court of Appeal to be arguable, so the case will proceed to a full appeal.
Read more about the complexities of this case:
- 1COR news story (Originally published February 2017)
- The Guardian