In June the Iraq Inquiry issued an open invitation to international lawyers to give their analysis of the arguments relied upon by the UK Government as the legal basis for the military intervention in Iraq. The Inquiry decided to issue an open invitation, rather than writing to individual international lawyers, to avoid the risk that we might inadvertently fail to write to particular individuals, or the perception that we had focused on people who were thought to hold a particular view.
A number of international lawyers have already responded. Others have indicated that they would like to respond, but need a little more time to do so. We are therefore extending the deadline for submissions until 13 September.
A copy of the invitation originally circulated via the mailing list of the Oxford University Public Law Discussion Group, and published on the website of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.