The right to life on the battlefield

Slapper, Gary (2010). The right to life on the battlefield. The Journal of Criminal Law, 74(5) pp. 383–386.



This article explores the development of human rights law in the context of examing a UK Supreme Court decision restricting the rights of soldiers. A judicial decision can arrest the development of law. In holding that the Human Rights Act 1998 does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil, the Supreme Court recoiled from an important opportunity to underline the true significance of human rights.

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