Thursday, December 17, 2009

British law

The British government is scrambling to control the damage from a law that allows private citizens (in this case, Palestinian groups) to sue foreign leaders for war crimes in British court. The British want to be players in mediating the Mideast conflict but cannot do so if Israeli officials face arrest warrants if they travel to England.

The British will probably 'fix' this problem by requiring Foreign Office approval of any warrants against foreign leaders. But the government probably won't tackle the underlying problem: that people are increasingly using the legal system for political purposes - and then, when someone tries to stop them, screaming bloody murder about how politicians shouldn't interfere in the legal process.

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