This chapter focuses on the international law role of the House of Lords. It argues that the handling of international law issues is confident and positive in tone. There is an amplitude of judges serving on the Appellate Committee (and, indeed, in other courts also) who are thoroughly well versed in international law and prepared to treat it as any other field of law. The pace of cases reaching the Lords relating to points of international law has greatly increased, in part because of the Human Rights Act 1998. But issues of international law increasingly play a component part in other matters that the House of Lords is called upon to determine. Many Law Lords have played their part in pronouncing upon the matters of international law. For instance, Lord Bingham, along with Lords Browne–Wilkinson and Goff before him, have ensured as presiding Law Lords that the House has become a leader in authoritative pronouncements by national courts on matters of international law.
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