Cheney v Conn [1968]

Facts

  • A taxpayer challenged the validity of the Finance Act 1964, as it contained provisions for the finance of nuclear weapons which was prohibited by the Geneva Convention

Issue

  • Could an Act be invalid for breaching international laws

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Parliament is supreme, even over international law
  • This appears to have changed now regarding EU law, though perhaps due simply to the nature of the EU and its explicit legislative dominance according to the EC Act 1972
RELATED CASE  R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex p Brind [1991]

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