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Cooper v. United Kingdom

39 E.H.R.R. 8 (2003)

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Cooper v. United Kingdom

European Court of Human Rights

39 E.H.R.R. 8 (2003)

Facts

Graham Cooper (plaintiff) was a member of the British Royal Air Force. Cooper was charged with theft and tried by a court-martial using the procedures established in the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Act of 1996. Cooper was convicted and unsuccessfully contested his conviction in the court-martial system. Cooper then lodged a complaint with international authorities, arguing that the United Kingdom had violated the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (convention) because (1) Cooper’s court-martial had not been conducted by an independent and impartial tribunal and (2) no service tribunal could ever be an independent and impartial tribunal.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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