Geoff Robertson was born in Australia, bu came to London in 1970. He made his name as the fearless defender of Oz magazine at the celebrated trial and went on to engage in some of the most newsworthy cases in recent history. He has defended John Stonehouse, Cynthia Payne, Salman Rushdie, Kate Adie, Arthur Scargill, Daniel Sullivan, Gay News, 'The Romans of Britain', 'Niggaz with Attitude', and a pair of foetal earrings. The book includes accounts of recent cases including the defence of a West London gym owner against the Prince of Wales, the Matrix Churchill affair, and the defence of the Guardian in the cash-for-questions affair. Hugely readable, funny, scandalous, revelator, this will become one of the great books about the law.
About the Author
Geoffrey Robertson QC is Head of Doughty Street Chambers and the author of textbooks on constitutional and media law. He has appeared as counsel in many landmark cases in Britain and the Commonwealth and in the European Court of Human Rights, and has conducted missions for the Bar and for Amnesty International. He has received a number of awards for his writing and broadcasting, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College. He helped to found Charter 88 and is an exectuive member of JUSTICE and the Institute of Contmeporary Arts. He is married to the author Kathy Lette; they live in London with their two children.
The celebrated barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases ever to come to a British courtroom. Here, with a combination of wit and gravity, pace and narrative style, he recounts some of the major cases that have come to the national consciousness, including the highly amusing 'Oz' trial, Mary Whitehouse's battle against the play The Romans in Britain, and the attempts by the parents of soldiers caught in friendly fire in the Gulf War to find justice. Throughout his career, Robertson has fought for people's rights in the face of the state system and his many struggles have included helping Vaclev Havel in communist Czechoslovakia and Malcolm X on death row. Enlightening and enjoyable, this is a fascinating insight into the legal world by one of its finest and most dedicated practitioners. (Kirkus UK)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 4th December 1998
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.32