Geoffrey Robertson QC
former Appeals Judge
Special Court for Sierra Leone
Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. has argued many landmark human rights cases in the Privy Council and in British and Commonwealth courts, and in the European Court of Human Rights. He is Head of Doughty Street Chambers, a Recorder (part-time judge) in London, a Master of the Middle Temple and Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London. He was the first President of the UN’s Special Court for War Crimes in Sierra Leone and was recently appointed by the UN Secretary General as a distinguished jurist member of the UN’s Internal Justice Council. His book Crimes against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice, now in its 3rd edition (Penguin New Press), has been recognized as an inspiration for the international justice movement.
Mr. Robertson has acted for many years as counsel to the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review and other US publishers, and represented Washington Post journalist Jonathon Randall at the ICTY. Involved in the prosecution of Hastings Banda in Malawi, Mr. Robertson acted for Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet proceedings and has represented Salman Rushdie in legal actions arising from “The Satanic Verses”.
Books by Mr. Robertson include the textbook Robertson & Nicol on Media Law (5th ed, Penguin, 2008); Freedom, The Individual and The Law; People Against The Press; Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals and Does Dracula Have AIDS. His memoir, The Justice Game, has sold over 100,000 copies and a recent work, The Tyrannicide Brief, which tells how Cromwell’s lawyers brought Charles I to trial, won a number of awards including a “silver gavel” citation from the American Bar Association. His latest publication, The Levellers – The Putney Debates – examines the English origins of democratic governance. Mr. Robertson has made many television and radio programs and his play The Trials of Oz received a BAFTA “Best Single Drama” nomination.