Iraq advice barrister lectures Salford

LEGAL EAGLE: Sir Christopher Greenwood advised on the legalities of invading Iraq

A BARRISTER who gave the government his opinion of the legality of invading Iraq will be talking at the University of Salford.

Sir Christopher Greenwood, who also worked on the Lockerbie bombing and Yugoslavia human rights cases, will be giving a public lecture at the university on Friday 5 March 2005.

His lecture will focus on the role of the International Court at the Hague, of which he is a member.

During his time at the court he has represented Britain in cases featuring the Lockerbie bombing and Yugoslavia and in the UK has also worked on cases which involved Augusto Pinochet and the building of the wall in Palestine.

He is best known for his advice tendered to the government in 2002 which advised that an invasion would be legal only if backed by a UN mandate or if there was imminent danger of Iraq attacking the UK.

The government claimed that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction presented this threat and authorised the invasion.

Greenwood’s lecture will take place at the Salford Law School as the 2010 Lady Hale Law Lecture.  Past speakers have included Liberty director, Shami Chakrabarti and Law Lord, Lord Scott of Foscote.

The university has a focus on human rights, social justice and security issues with a research centre for prison studies and former Amnesty International director, Irene Khan as chancellor.

Head of Salford Law School Alistair Alcock said: “Sir Christopher has worked on some of the biggest international cases of the past few decades.

“His career shows the impact and influence which lawyers can have.  He’s a great example for our students and we’re delighted that he has agreed to speak.”

The lecture runs 4:15pm to 6:00pm at the Lady Hale Building at the university.

Attendance is free and all are welcome.  Register your attendance by emailing


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