Geoffrey Robertson QC
Geoffrey Robertson QC has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. In 2002, Justice Robertson was appointed as an appeal judge for the new UN war crimes court in Sierra Leone, and served as that court's first President. This specialised judicial position is part-time, and he maintains his professional work as a Queens Counsel, based in London at Doughty Street Chambers – the leading UK human rights practice which he heads. Mr Robertson is the author of Crimes against Humanity – The Struggle for Global Justice, published by Penguin and the New Press (USA), soon to be available in a third edition; of a memoir, The Justice Game (Vintage), which has sold over 100,000 copies, and of Robertson and Nicol on Media Law (Sweet & Maxwell; Penguin), now in its fourth edition. He writes and broadcasts regularly on international legal issues and creates Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals for television and for ethics education.
Mr Robertson's most recent publication is The Tyrannicide Brief, the story of how Cromwell's lawyers produced the first trial of a Head of State – that of Charles I. It traces the memorable career of John Cooke, the radical barrister and visionary social reformer who had the courage and intellect to devise a way to end the impunity of sovereigns. The book is published by Chatto & Windus in the UK, after Australia (where it rose to second in the non-fiction bestseller list) and it will be pubished by Knopf in the U.S. in 2006. Mr Robertson has written the foreword to Torture (Human Rights Watch/Macmillan) and A Question of Zion (Professor Jacqueline Rose/Melbourne University Press) and is a contributor to Human Rights in the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press). His paper Ending Impunity: How International Criminal Law Can Put Tyrants on Trial will be published in the Cornell Law Journal (issue 3, Volume 38).
Geoffrey Robertson is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, which comprises some 70 barristers and 30 staff. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple; and a Recorder (part-time judge) in London; an executive Member of Justice, and a trustee of the Capital Cases Trust. He is visiting Professor in Human Rights at Queen Mary College, University of London. He lives in London with his wife, author Kathy Lette, and their two children.
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