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

Keeping the Brexit legal advice secret is in no one’s best interests

Published by The Guardian on 4th December 2018, at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/04/brexit-legal-advice-secret-best-interests-democracy.  There is no political “convention” more misguided and less examined than the supposed rule that legal advice to ministers must remain confidential. This is the basis for the government’s refusal to publish the attorney general’s advice on Brexit, instead releasing a summary. The refusal relied on the […]

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This decision will discourage exposure of oppressive workplace cultures

Published by The Telegraph on 23rd October 2018, at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/23/non-disclosure-agreements-favour-commerce-public-interest/.  There is a simple reason why the “Me Too” movement began with press exposure of “non-disclosure agreements” (NDAs) in America and not in Britain, although they had long been used by lawyers in both countries to hide sexual and other misconduct by people in corporate authority. It is […]

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Only an international court can bring Khashoggi’s killers to justice

Published by The Guardian on 23rd October 2018, at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/23/international-court-jamal-khashoggi-killers-un.  The slaying of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a barbaric act, ordered and carried out by barbarians. It cried out for justice – which means, inevitably, a trial. Yet all the British government is demanding is an “investigation” – by the same Saudi state that spent […]

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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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