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Documents related to the appeal

CAAT is challenging the UK government's decision to continue to license the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. This page collects together the legal documents covering the 2017 Judgment and 2019 Appeal

Last updated: 28/07/2020

Information related to the appeal

The Judgment, made on 10 July 2017, turning down CAAT’s claim was deeply disappointing. CAAT appealed and the hearing took place between Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 April 2019.

Judgment, in CAAT’s favour, was made on 20 July 2019. The Government was told to retake on a lawful basis its export licensing decisions on extant licences, and not to issue any new ones, where the equipment might be used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

On 27 June the Government asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court and for a stay. On 9 July 2019 the Government was granted permission to appeal, but refused a stay. CAAT was granted permission to appeal on the two grounds on which it had lost.

Obtaining permission to appeal

  • 5 July 2017¬†– an application for permission to appeal was made to the High Court for a ruling along with the judgment.
  • 6 July 2017¬†– the UK government responded opposing the request for permission to bring an appeal.
  • 24 July 2017¬†– Order from the High Court turning down CAAT’s and the Special Advocates’ requests for permission to bring an appeal. CAAT is now applying to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.
  • 15 September 2017¬†– CAAT skeleton argument outlining why permission to appeal should be given.
  • 20 October 2017¬†– Government response outlining why permission to appeal should not be given.
  • 5 January 2018¬†– CAAT application for expedition explaining why the case should be prioritised.
  • 24 January 2018¬†– Order for an oral hearing to decide whether to grant permission for an appeal.
  • 6 February 2018¬†– Amended CAAT skeleton argument outlining why permission to appeal should be given.
  • 2 March 2018¬†– Amended Government argument outlining why permission to appeal should not be given.
  • 28 March 2018¬†– Further points from CAAT in the light of a Government response.
  • 12 April 2018¬†– Transcript of the permission hearing.
  • 4 May 2018¬†– CAAT is granted permission to appeal.

Appeal hearing

Appeal judgment

  • The judgment.
  • Order¬†– explaining the steps to be taken next.
  • Press summary¬†by the judges.
  • Order¬†granting the Government permission to appeal on Ground 1, granting CAAT permission to appeal on Grounds 2 and 4, and refusing to grant a stay.

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Documents from the hearing in 2017

CAAT is challenging the UK government's decision to continue to license the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. This page collects together the legal documents from the legal hearing in February 2017.

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