Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship.

Mr. Robertson is a founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. 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.

Human Rights Law

Media Law

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law


The Statute of Liberty: How Australians can take back their rights (Vintage, 2009)

Geoffrey Robertson presents The Levellers - The Putney Debates (Verso, 2007)

The Tyrannicide Brief
Chatto & Windus, 2005, Vintage 2006
- 'The Tyrannicide Brief' Press Release here...
- Reviews of 'The Tyrannicide Brief' here...
- 'What the regicides did for us'; History Today, Oct. 2005
- 'John Cooke - A Life in Brief'; Counsel, Sept. 2005.

Crimes Against Humanity - The Struggle for Global Justice
Alan Lane, 1999; revised 2000 (Penguin paperback); US edition published by the New Press, 2000; Indonesian edition, 2001; 3rd edition, 2006 (Penguin and New Press); 4th edition, 2012 (Penguin and New Press);

The Justice Game
Memoir published in 1998 by Chatto; Viking edition 1999

Media Law (with Andrew Nicol QC)
Sweet and Maxwell March 2008; Penguin 5th edition, September 2007


Recent Articles

The Case for Lula

Published by Foreign Affairs on 19th April 2017, at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/brazil/2017-04-19/case-lula Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known simply as “Lula,” remains one of Brazil’s most popular politicians. An uneducated lathe operator turned union leader, Lula helped found Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT) in 1980 before winning the presidency in both 2002 and 2008 with large majorities. Under […]

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Donald Trump’s air attack on Syria may have been unlawful – but nobody seems to have noticed

Published in The Independent on 12th April 2017, at  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-attack-syria-unlawful-un-charter-assad-chemical-weapons-isis-a7680511.html Vladimir Putin and Jeremy Corbyn are amongst the few to show concern that the US Tomahawk attack on a Syrian airbase was “unlawful”. They are right, to the extent that the attack was a breach of the UN Charter, Article 2(4) of which prohibits the […]

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Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

Published in The Guardian on 4th April 2017, at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/04/brexit-deal-parthenon-marbles  Not yet a week since the triggering of Article 50 but already hope of cordial negotiations seem over optimistic. At the weekend, amid early jostling over the post Brexit fate of Gibraltar, Lord Howard, the Tory grandee, implied that one way to resolve that situation could […]

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'It was a Crime against Humanity' Geoffrey Robertson QC on the Armenian Genocide

'Closing the gap' Geoffrey Robertson Hypothetical Program 2009

'Mullahs Without Mercy' Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.

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