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Kathryn Howarth and Emilie Pottle represented the Respondent in the Supreme Court case of R v TRA [2019] UKSC 51, in which judgment was delivered on 13th November 2019

13th November 2019

Kathryn Howarth and Emilie Pottle represented the Respondent CPS in the Supreme Court case of R v TRA [2019] UKSC  51, in which judgment was handed down on 13th November 2019. They were led by David Perry QC. In this internationally significant case, the Supreme Court considered the definition of torture under s.134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and Article 1 of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment 1984. Lord Lloyd-Jones, who delivered the majority judgment, rejected the Appellant’s argument that only persons acting on behalf of the government of a state could be liable for torture. The case was heard over two days on 24th and 25th June 2019.

 

A copy of the judgement is available here. https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2019-0028.html


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