Speakers Profile - Geoffery Robertson, QC

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Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel, human rights advocate and United Nations judge. He has appeared in many celebrated Old Bailey trials, acted for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in cases brought against journalists in British Commonwealth countries, argued many death sentence appeals at the Privy Council, defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson, N.W.A and Julian Assange, prosecuted Hastings Banda and represented Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against General Pinochet. He served as first president of the UN war crimes court in Sierra Leone and as a ‘distinguished jurist’ member of the UN’s Internal Justice Council (2008-12). He has authored landmark decisions on the limits of amnesties, the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the legal protections for war correspondents and human rights monitors. In 2011 he was awarded the New York Bar Association prize for Achievement in International Law and Affairs.

Mr Robertson is founder and co-head of Doughty Street Chambers, Europe’s largest human rights practice. He held the office of Recorder (part-time judge) for many years in London, where he is a Master of the Middle Temple and a visiting professor in human rights at Queen Mary College; the New College of the Humanities; the University of Buckingham and Regents University. His books include Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice (a textbook on the development of human rights law); The Tyrannicide Brief (the story of how Cromwell’s lawyers mounted the trial of Charles I); an acclaimed memoir, The Justice Game; Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons and An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers The Armenians? for which he was awarded the prize for ‘best polemic’ at the Political Book Awards 2015 in London.