UK's Ex-Chief Justice Rips Into Iraq Invasion

Newly retired judge lambastes US, UK as 'vigilantes'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2008 8:36 AM CST
Lord Bingham, formerly the senior justice of Britain's highest court of appeal, called the Iraq war illegal in a speech last night.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – One of Britain's most respected judges struck out last night against the invasion of Iraq, which he declared illegal and worthy of a "world vigilante." Thomas Bingham, who held the UK's equivalent post to chief justice, used his first speech since retirement to decry "a serious violation of international law and the rule of law."

Continued Bingham: "The effect of acting unilaterally was to undermine the foundation (of) which the post-1945 consensus: the prohibition of force (save in self-defense, or to avert an impending humanitarian catastrophe) unless formally authorized by the nations of the world empowered to make decisions."