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  • Clearing the Fog of Law

    Clearing the Fog of Law shows that misguided human rights laws mean British troops operating in the heat of battle are now being held to the same standard as police officers patrolling the streets on a Saturday night in the West End. The report calls for British forces to operate under the rules of the Geneva Conventions, rather than the ECHR, in future conflicts.

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    Human rights law and the armed forces
  • The Fog of Law

    The Fog of Law, co-authored by Tom Tugendhat and Laura Croft, shows how the application of civilian norms to military conduct has led to a surge in legal claims against the Ministry of Defence (MOD).  The costs of litigation have now risen out of proportion with forecasts, with the number of claims brought against the MOD totalling 5,827 in 2012-2013.

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    Juridification of the armed forces
  • Gove announces creation of Due Diligence Unit

    Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the creation of a Due Diligence Unit within the DfE tasked with ensuring that extremist religious views are not taught in schools. This is a direct adoption of a recommendation from Policy Exchange 2010 report Faith Schools We Can Believe In.

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    Extremism in Schools
  • Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP on the Justice & Security Bill

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP, Minister without Portfolio, to deliver a keynote speech on the upcoming Justice & Security Bill.

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    Justice & Security Bill

Latest Security in the news

  • 07 April 2015 | Protect our forces from human rights law, say ex-defence chiefs

    • Following a joint public declaration from five former Chiefs of the General Staff warning against creeping legal expansion on to the battlefield, The Times highlights Policy Exchange's recent report Clearing the Fog of Law which warned that the threat of legal action is sapping Britain’s ability to fight wars.

  • 30 March 2015 | 'Human rights law has no place on the battlefield' – Policy Exchange report

    • The Guardian covers Clearing the Fog of Law, Policy Exchange's new report examining the impact of human rights legislation on the fighting capabilities of Britain's armed forces. The report finds that soldiers on the battlefield are being held to the same standards as police officers on the beat, and calls for the armed forces to be subject only to the Geneva Conventions, rather than the ECHR.

Latest Security Publications

  • 30 March 2015 | Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving our armed forces from defeat by judicial diktat

    • Clearing the Fog of Law shows that misguided human rights laws mean British troops operating in the heat of battle are now being held to the same standard as police officers patrolling the streets on a Saturday night in the West End. The report calls for British forces to operate under the rules of the Geneva Conventions, rather than the ECHR, in future conflicts.

  • 18 October 2013 | The Fog of Law: An introduction to the legal erosion of British fighting power

    • A new Policy Exchange report, The Fog of Law, co-authored by Tom Tugendhat and Laura Croft, shows how the application of civilian norms to military conduct has led to a surge in legal claims against the Ministry of Defence (MOD).  The costs of litigation have now risen out of proportion with forecasts, with the number of claims brought against the MOD totalling 5,827 in 2012-2013.

Latest Security Blogs

  • 31 March 2015 | The ECHR must no longer apply to our armed forces in wartime

    • Tom Tugendhat, former Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and co-author of Policy Exchange’s new Clearing the Fog of Law report sets out the report on ConservativeHome. He calls for to the UK to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights for all future overseas armed conflicts, following instead the rules laid down in the Geneva Conventions.

  • 30 March 2015 | A soldier’s deadliest enemy will soon be a judge

    • Tom Tugendhat, former Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and co-author of Policy Exchange's new released Clearing the Fog of Law report, sets out the risks held by 'lawfare' for Britain's armed forces. Tom argues that the application of the ECHR to British forces fighting overseas is diminishing their capabilities and putting soldiers' lives at risk.

Latest Security Event

  • 24 November 2014 | The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.

  • 15 January 2013 | Uniting Our Communities: Integration in 2013 with Eric Pickles

    • Policy Exchange and British Future host Eric Pickles’s first major speech of 2013. He will review the lessons of the last year for how we find common ground in modern Britain, and set out the challenges ahead for strengthening our sense of shared citizenship in an increasingly diverse society.