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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 WHAT THE REGICIDES DID FOR US

History Today. October 2005 The proceedings against Charles I in 1649 secured the constitutional gains of the civil war – the supremacy of parliament, the independence of judges, individual freedom guaranteed by Magna Carta and the common law. But other than Cromwell (who later became King in all but name) the regicides are not to […]

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 STANDPOINT ARTICLE: A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR BRITAIN

The European Convention on Human Rights was a wonder of its time, but that time was 1950. It was celebrated by Churchill as a bulwark against the encroachment of communism in Europe. Communism may now be dead, but in 1998 (when Labour needed to deliver on an election promise), the European Convention was simply incorporated […]

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 WHITEHALL’S GENOCIDE DENIAL

There are few genocides more clearly established than that suffered by the Armenians in 1915-16, when half the race was extinguished in massacres and deportations directed by the “young Turk” government. Today you can be prosecuted in France and other European countries for denying it. But the world’s most influential genocide denier, other than Turkey […]

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 INTRODUCTION TO TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS

Herbert Vere Evatt was a chief architect of the world’s most important institution. His genius is present in the UN Charter, and in that post-war human rights triptych – the Genocide and Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He was the progenitor of the European Court of Human Rights and the International […]

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 PREFACE TO DR HANEEF BY JACQUI EWART

This important book chronicles the curious case of Dr Haneef, an innocent man presumed guilty by overzealous police and prosecutors, and over excited politicians and pressmen. That his ordeal lasted only 25 days was due to the courage and dedication of his lawyers and the independence of the magistrate who gave him bail and the […]

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 INTRODUCTION TO KIRBY PROJECT

Happy Birthday, Michael. At three score years and ten you have reached the age that Shakespeare allots for one life – yet as the size of this book attests, you have lived so many. It celebrates most of them, as they have impacted upon every aspect of law and its reform in Australia, as they […]

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 INTRODUCTION TO TRUSTEES ON TRIAL

At a time when organisations representing indigenous people are routinely accused by governments of mismanaging their funds, it is appropriate to consider how those funds were managed when they were entrusted to governments. This book explains that for a century, Australian aborigines were quite literally robbed blind, by governments and public servants who were under […]

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 FOREWORD TO SHAUN BERG’S LETTERS PATENT

International legal scholars talk of “Grotian moments” in history, referring to times that give birth to a value or a proclaimed principle which is quickly discarded, but in due course re-emerges, freighted with acceptable meaning for a later generation. Similarly, there are events that resonate in a nation’s history – actions, deals or documents – […]

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