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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 FOREWORD TO WILLIAM GARROW

It is a pleasure to welcome this study of the life of William Garrow, the first great cross-examiner at the English Bar. He can truly be said to have revolutionised the practice of criminal law, not by any seminal writing or legislation, but through the extraordinary force of his character and conduct in the first […]

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 FOREWORD TO TERROR VOLUME

If the first casualty of war is truth, the first casualty of the war on terror has been grammar. How is it possible to go to war on a common noun – or on a state of mind rather than a state? Terrorism – broadly defined as politically motivated killing of civilians – has forever […]

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 FOREWORD TO TORTURE: A HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE

Before I became a human rights lawyer, my only encounter with torture came from attending performances of Tosca. In Act II, the judge gives a nod (it’s a non-singing role) and the politically suspect painter is escorted to an off stage torture chamber: his pain-wracked notes traumatise his girlfriend during her interrogation by Inspector Scarpia. […]

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 WHY OBAMA SHOULD STOP DRINKING FIJI WATER

Last week’s suspension of Fiji from the Commonwealth invites the reflection that a world which cannot protect democracy in this friendly island nation cannot secure it anywhere else. A puppet government, declared unlawful by an appellate court earlier in the year, has now been re-invented as a full-blown military dictatorship, with a self-declared mandate to […]

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 THE U.N.’S NEW LOW

Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson says Qaddafi’s U.N. rant was the exemplar of hypocrisy—and it’s a shame he had the General Assembly as his platform for vitriol. Qaddafi’s rant at the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday afternoon is arguably the lowest point in that organization’s history. At one level, it was black humor at […]

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 HOW I HID SALMAN RUSHDIE DURING THE FATWA

Twenty years ago this week, the Ayatollah issued a fatwa against the author of The Satanic Verses. Then I brought him into my house to hide from the assassins. It was twenty years ago, on St Valentine’s Day, that the Ayatollah Khomeini launched the mother of all prosecutions against Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic […]

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