Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2018] All ER (D) 67 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2018] EWHC 19 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Kerr J

Representation Zachary Douglas QC and Malcolm Birdling (instructed by KJ Conroy & Co Ltd, Birmingham) for the claimants.
  Martin Chamberlain QC and James Purnell (instructed by the Government Legal Department) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 12 January 2018


Conflict of laws - Tort - Proper law of tort

The Case

Conflict of laws Tort. Where a state stood to be held to account for acts of violence against its citizens, it should be held to account, in its own courts, by its own law and should not escape liability by reference to a colonial law which it had made itself. Accordingly, the Queen's Bench Division held that English law applied to determine whether torts had been committed against the claimants by the defendant Secretaries of State by assaults, beatings, rape and other acts of violence allegedly inflicted during the Cyprus emergency by agents of the UK government and the then Colonial Administration of Cyprus.

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