Geoffrey Robertson QC has changed the way we think about human rights. Internationally recognised as one of the world's leading human rights lawyers and an intellectual inspiration for the global justice movement, Robertson has fought for lives on death row, defended dissidents and taken on tyrants for more than 50 years.  

Join Geoffrey Robertson at the City Recital Hall on 26 March as he deploys his trademark wit and intelligence to reflect on his personal and professional life. Alongside his illustrious career of high-profile and controversial cases, and tireless campaigning for international human rights, Robertson has had a parallel career as a distinguished author and broadcaster, with his best-selling books on war crimes, free speech and the Vatican shaping public debate. His latest memoir, Rather His Own Man, chronicles the journey of his days at Epping Boys High School, to his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, to the epic legal battles that have taken him to the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and appeal courts in Trinidad, Mauritius and more. Throughout famous trials and the ups and downs of his sometimes colourful family life, Robertson has held onto his irreverence, his principles and his commitment to human rights.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s most formidable, inspiring and entertaining intellects.

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Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel and human rights advocate. He has been a UN war crimes judge, a counsel in many notable Old Bailey trials, has defended hundreds of men facing death sentences in the Caribbean, and has won landmark rulings on civil liberty from the highest courts in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, a Master of the Middle Temple, and a visiting professor at the New College of Humanities in London.

His book Crimes Against Humanity has been an inspiration for the global justice movement, his other books include Freedom, the Individual and the LawThe Tyrannicide BriefThe Statute of LibertyDreaming Too Loud and the acclaimed memoir The Justice Game. He has made many television and radio programmes, notably Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, and has won a Freedom of Information award for his writing and broadcasting. In 2011 he received the New York State Bar Association’s Award for ‘Distinction in International Law and Affairs’, and was Australian Humanitarian of the Year in 2014.