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Profile: Lord Peter Goldsmith


Positions that Lord Peter Goldsmith has held:

  • British Attorney-General




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Lord Peter Goldsmith actively participated in the following events:


October 7, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       British Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith, Solicitor-General Harriet Harman and the Financial Times warn British Prime Minister Tony Blair that if his government pursues “a war against Iraq, Britain could be hauled before the International Court of Justice.” [IC Coventry, 10/7/2002]
People and organizations involved: Harriet Harman, Tony Blair, Lord Peter Goldsmith

March 17, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith issues a statement that the use of force against Iraq would be legal, citing three UN resolutions. But a month earlier, Goldsmith warned British Prime Minister Tony Blair that an invasion could be illegal without a second UN resolution. [Associated Press, 2/28/04; BBC, 2/29/04; Sunday Herald, 2/29/04; Independent, 2/29/04] It is later revealed that his change in opinion was a result of pressure from top British officials after senior British military officers had warned Downing Street that they would not participate in the war unless they were certain that neither they nor their men could eventually be tried for war crimes. [The Observer, 2/29/04]
People and organizations involved: Lord Peter Goldsmith

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