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R v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, ex p World Development Movement [1995]


  • The UK agreed to build a £200,000 hydro-electric power plant in Malaysia
  • It is only lawful to give foreign aid where it is economically viable
  • The costs rose to £400 million


  • Could the new cost be unlawful


  • Yes, claim successful


  • Don’t abuse power
  • The government found the money from a different budget
  • There was no other possible claimant; the claimant had significant legal expertise in the area and the rule of law must be vindicated given the importance of the issue
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