Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.

Geoffrey Ronald 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)

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

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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Only parliament can trigger Brexit. But can it then reverse the process?

Published in The Guardian on 25th January 2017, at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/25/parliament-brexit-supreme-court-article-50-europe  The Supreme Court decision was predictable, but momentous nonetheless – a reaffirmation of the result of the Civil War, namely that parliamentary sovereignty trumps executive power, whether the executive is the King or Mrs May and her Cabinet. Article 50, the departure lounge for leaving Europe, […]

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Using Trident would be illegal, so let’s phase it out

Published in The Guardian on 15th July 2016, at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/15/trident-illegal-nuclear-britain-arsenal The most portentous decision for every new prime minister is what to write in the secret “letter of last resort” to Trident submarine commanders telling them what to do with their nuclear missiles if the British government is wiped out. In Monday’s debate on the renewal […]

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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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