Joint Committee on Human Rights - Legislative Scrutiny: The Overseas Operations Bill

21st September 2020

Kieran McEvoy, Louise Mallinder and Anna Bryson (QUB) together with Daniel Holder, Brian Gormally and Gemma McKeown (Committee on the Administration of Justice).

Members of the Model Bill Team submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights as part of the committee’s legislative scrutiny of the ‘Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill’

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 18 March 2020.  A date for Second Reading has yet to be announced. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state that its purpose is to “to provide greater certainty for Service personnel and veterans in relation to vexatious claims and prosecution of historical events, that occurred in the uniquely complex environment of armed conflict overseas.”