In January 2008, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in the case of Saadi v United Kingdom.1 This case originated in a complaint concerning Art 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the provision safeguarding the right to personal liberty. Saadi was a refugee from Northern Iraq, who applied for asylum upon his arrival in the United Kingdom. His subsequent detention by the British authorities, for reasons of mere administrative expediency, was not deemed in violation of the right to personal liberty by the Court in Strasbourg.