Geoffrey Robertson to reflect on a colourful career
Mr Robertson may be best known to Australian audiences for ‘Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals’ a television series featuring a wide range of panellists who are plunged into various ethical dilemmas, but he has a distinguished career as international jurist and human rights advocate. He has been a UN war crimes judge, a counsel in many notable Old Bailey trials, and has won landmark rulings on civil liberty from the highest courts in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth.
City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Geoffrey Robertson, one of the world’s most celebrated human rights lawyers, speak about his colourful career and his passion for justice’.
Born in Sydney, Mr Robertson graduated in law from Sydney University before winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. He settled in the UK and lives in London, holding dual Australian and British citizenship.
Over his long career he has been involved with a broad range of human rights campaigns and causes. He was in the defence team for the celebrated obscenity trials against Oz and Gay News magazines in the early 1970s and was threatened by terrorists for representing the author Salman Rushdie whose book ‘The Satanic Verses’ was declared blasphemous by Islamic clerics.
His latest book ‘Rather His Own Man’ charts his progress from state schoolboy to top Old Bailey barrister, to taking a leading role in the struggle for human rights throughout the world. Other books include ‘Crimes Against Humanity’, an inspiration for the global justice movement, and the acclaimed memoir ‘The Justice Game’.
He has made many radio and television programs, winning a Freedom of Information Award for his writing and broadcasting. In 2011 he received the New York State Bar Association’s Award for ‘Distinction in International Law and Affairs’, and was Australian Humanitarian of the Year in 2014.
Bookings for this event can be made online at maitlandlibrary.com.au and for further information phone Maitland Library on 4933 6952.
Geoffrey Robertson appears for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program this Friday 29 March at Maitland Town Hall from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The event is $25 to attend.