By Bethany Shiner (Middlesex University) and Dr Tanzil Chowdhury (Queen Mary University of London)
On the 27 July 2020, the Joint Committee of Human Rights launched an inquiry into the controversial Overseas Operation (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. The bill was introduced in the House of Commons in March 2020 and is due its second reading imminently. In short, the bill aims to limit prosecution and civil proceedings against military personnel, as well as to enable the UK government to derogate from the ECHR during combat operations. Bethany Shiner (Middlesex University) and Dr Tanzil Chowdhury (Queen Mary) have reproduced the evidence that they submitted to the inquiry. The evidence is structured as a response to the questions set by the JCHR.
As outlined in the evidence, they resist the bill on the grounds that:
Read Bethany Shiner and Dr Chowdhury's full evidence [PDF 559KB].