Lectures & Events

The Future of Human Rights
Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights, presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
NOV 6, 2008
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom

Geoffrey Robertson will map the future of the fast-growing field of human rights law. Drawing on 30 years of experience as a human rights lawyer in Australia and the UK, and as Appeals judge on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, his presentation will trace recent jurisprudence at the national, regional, and international level. Judge Robertson will discuss strategies for litigating human rights cases against corporations and former foreign government officials, obstacles that stand in the way of success, and future trends.
Speaker Information
Geoffrey RobertsonGeoffrey 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.
Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost. There will be one free hour of CLE credit available to lawyers who attend.

Supplemental Readings:
· Robertson Bibliography
· Human Rights in the War on Terror
· Ending Impunity
· So You Want to Be a Human Rights Lawyer?

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