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Kathryn Howarth and Emilie Pottle were led by David Perry QC, and instructed by the CPS on the Supreme Court decision concerning the interpretation of article 1 of the UN Convention Against Torture. The appeal arose out of a domestic prosecution, under universal jurisdiction provisions, for offences of torture carried out during the Liberian civil war.
In this internationally significant appeal the Court found that article 1 of the Convention (as transposed into UK law) applies to those acting on behalf of non-state armed groups where those groups exercise functions normally exercised by governments over their civilian populations.