Milosevic and Hussein on trial

How far has international law come, in what our forebears, back in 1649, called “the great business” of denying impunity to tyrants accused of mass murdering their own people? Slobodan Milosevic sits in a dock in The Hague; he has been strutting and fretting his time on this televised stage since his trial began—as long […]

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 FAIR TRIALS FOR TERRORISTS?

in Wilson, ed, Human Rights in the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2005). The title of this chapter, “Fair Trials for Terrorists?” is oxymoronic. The trial of any one already labelled a terrorist cannot, by definition, be fair. But the first casualty of war is always logic. The Pentagon’s original brand name for its […]

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 A QUESTION OF ZION

Foreword to Professor J. Rose, A Question of Zion, (Melbourne University Press, 2005). There is no more important, yet no more intractable, international question than how to secure a relatively peaceful coexistence between Jew and Arab in a “holy land” divided between the focused power of the state of Israel and the ramshackle “authority” of […]

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 CREATIVITY: THE TONIC FOR A NATION

Publication: “The Australian Newspaper”, 23rd December, 2004 Governments and business leaders must support the arts, argues Geoffrey Robertson. SHOULD successful businesses contribute to the arts? Americans think so, but just recently they were shaken by the experience of an art exhibition hosted by a profitable New York supermarket. It closed the show in panic when […]

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 SO YOU WANT TO BE A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER?

from Sarah Brown/ ed “Moving on Up” (Ebury Press, 2003). It would have been anachronistic, when I was at University in the early 1970s, to envisage a ‘career’ in human rights. Then, the very phrase smacked of amateur idealism. In Britain, human rights were something you wished, in an altruistic way, for the rest of […]

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 LAWLESS WORLD: AMERICA AND THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF GLOBAL RULES

PHILIPPE SANDS PENGUIN, 324PP When I published a book urging commitment to global justice I was denounced in the Moonie-funded Washington Times as a threat to America. My reviewer turned out to be a charming Southern gentleman who explained – in a debate at Washington University – that an international criminal court was unnecessary: if […]

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