UCL Faculty of Laws


In-person | Torts in UK Foreign Relations

17 October 2023, 6:15 pm–8:15 pm

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A UCL Laws organised event to celebrate the book launch of Dr Ugljesa Grusic

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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

About the book

“Can English courts hear tortious claims for wrongs allegedly committed by British armed forces and security services during their overseas operations? Should English courts hear such claims? What law governs issues raised by such claims? Can foreign judgments given on such claims be recognised and enforced in the UK?

Many questions such as these have arisen in relation to cases dealing with the tortious liability of the UK government and its officials for extraterritorial public acts committed during the conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and the 'war on terror'. Torts in UK Foreign Relations examines the English courts' treatment of such issues and offers a better understanding of this contested area of private international law. It shows that a defining characteristic of such tortious claims is that they are often subjected to the choice-of-law process and lead to the application of foreign law. Further, the author clarifies the nature of the doctrines operating in this field, maps out the relationship between different jurisdictions and rules that are engaged, and criticises the current approach to choice-of-law, while arguing that English tort law should play a more prominent role.

Comprehensive and methodological, Torts in UK Foreign Relations will appeal widely to academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of private international law, foreign relations law, tort law, and public law.”

The Panel

Dr Ugljesa Grusic (UCL Laws) - Author


  • Professor Andrew Dickinson (University of Oxford)
  • Richard Hermer KC (Matrix Chambers)
  • Professor Philippa Webb (King’s College London)

The event will be chaired by Lord Leggatt JSC

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