Zubaydah (Respondent) v Foreign and Commonwealth Office and others (Appellants)
Case ID: 2022/0083
Is the law applicable to the Respondent's claim the law of England and Wales or the law of the six countries in which he alleges he was unlawfully detained and tortured by the United States' authorities?
The Respondent brought a claim alleging that the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service ("the Services") acted tortiously, causing personal injury to the Respondent, by allegedly sending questions to the CIA inviting them to use those questions in interrogations of the Respondent for the purpose of attempting to elicit information of interest to the Services. The personal injury is alleged to be the result of the Respondent being arbitrarily detained by the CIA without trial at secret CIA "black site" facilities and being subjected to extreme mistreatment/torture during interrogations conducted by the CIA. The torts alleged are misfeasance, conspiracy, trespass, false imprisonment and negligence. The events allegedly occurred in: Thailand; Poland; Morocco; Lithuania; Afghanistan; and Guantanamo Bay ("the Six Countries"). The connection to England is said to be that the questions were allegedly sent by the Services to the CIA from England.
A preliminary issue arose as to whether the law applicable to the Respondent's claim is the law of England and Wales or the law of the Six Countries. The High Court found that the applicable law is the law of the Six Countries. The Court of Appeal disagreed, finding that the applicable law is the law of England and Wales. The Appellants now appeal to the Supreme Court.
(1) Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(2) Home Office
(3) Attorney General
Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Kitchin, Lord Sales, Lord Burrows, Lord Stephens
Hearing start date
14 June 2023
Hearing finish date
15 June 2023
|14 June 2023||Morning session||Afternoon session|
|15 June 2023||Morning session|