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Geoffrey Robertson QC deplore this hypocrisy and, in An Inconvenient Genocides, the renowned human right lawyer proves beyond reasonable doubt that the horrific avents in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constitute the crime against humanity that is today known as genocide. His justly celebrated powers vis mere of advocacy are on full display as he condemns all those who try to justify the mass murder of children and civilians in the name of military necessity or religious fervour. vis mindre
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Værker af Geoffrey Robertson

The Justice Game (1998) 222 eksemplarer
Media Law (1986) 22 eksemplarer
Who Owns History? (2019) 19 eksemplarer
Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK (2013) 13 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Lady Chatterleys elsker (1960) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver13,631 eksemplarer
The Putney Debates (1707) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver86 eksemplarer
Terror : from tyrannicide to terrorism (2009) — Forord, nogle udgaver3 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Robertson, Geoffrey
Juridisk navn
Robertson, Geoffrey Ronald
Andre navne
Robertson, Geoff
Robertson, G. R.
Australia (birth)
Land (til kort)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
London, England, UK
University of Sydney (BA, LLB Hons)
University of Oxford
University of Sydney
Epping Boys' High School
human rights lawyer
Lette, Kathy (wife)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Queen's Counsel (1988)
Kort biografi
Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC (born 30 September 1946) is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship.



Robertson is of course an Australian great and it's nice to see him lending his powerful, eloquent voice to this debate. Robertson sets out an ordered argument for a new global compact on returning artifacts to their country of origin. For this theoretical tribunal, he lists a series of criteria, largely focusing around whether a work was stolen (implicitly or explicitly) and situations in which, even if a work was given legitimately many moons ago, it may have greater historical resonance in its homeland. He also includes the arguments that should sometimes prevent works from being returned, primarily if the country of origin does not have the facilities to care for it, or in situations where countries' human rights record does not merit rewarding them. This is a barrister's argument, as Robertson admits, and is couched in such terms.

This is an issue on which I have always been biased, despite my best efforts. I will never forget my 7th grade Latin teacher telling us (impartially) the Elgin Marbles situation; even then it seemed to me that any British argument to keep the Marbles rested solely on their claims that it was legitimately taken. Even if these were true - which is much debated - it didn't seem to me then, nor does it now, to outpace the broader ethical arguments in favour of sending them home.

On the surface, then, this book is fighting an obvious cause. As is so often the case, the argument for keeping artifacts (which is the still the world's status-quo) rests on two planks: first, that of power, namely that wealthy institutions backed by polities with an obvious interest continue to champion retention, and second, that it appeals to an arguably misplaced patriotism. No-one wants to believe that their country stole anything; no-one wants to believe that another country can better care for the world's treasures; no-one, even if they accept items were stolen, wants to upset the status-quo if it is working in their favour. (It's worth noting this isn't just a discussion to be had between countries; this is also sometimes an issue within a country, either between its states or between its governing power and the local Indigenous people.)

Yet there are complexities to the narrative which other reviewers have noted. For example, Robertson's argument is an idealistic one rather than one of pragmatism. Such a mythical tribunal would have to tell certain countries that they don't deserve their treasures back because of human rights abuses - which they may well dispute and which sometimes are in the eye of the beholder (some would argue that the US' treatment of many of its citizens is not far off) - or an inability to care for items, which automatically prioritises wealthier nations. Linked to that is the idea that some works have more global importance than others. No doubt this is true, but it's difficult to imagine any of us making that decision without implicit biases, Robertson no less than the rest.

There are some evident flaws in this book but, to be honest, the debate needs some idealists alongside the pragmatists. Right now, we are entering a period of reckoning with how we view the past. When that is done, even if it isn't until much later in the century, we must then deal with how we handle what the past has left behind.
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therebelprince | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 21, 2024 |
John Cooke was the Bravest of Barristers, from humble beginnings, he risked his life to make tyrannny a crime.
Charles 1 raged civil war that cost 1 in 10 English people their lives. In 1649 parliament had trouble finding a lawyer with skill and daring to prosecute a king who was above the law. Which lead to England becoming a republic.
Cooke believing in the law was before his time. He brought in the right to silence, the right to work pro bono and eliminate cab ranking for advocacy.
Charles 1 did not recognise the courts authority to try him and wouldn't plead guilty or not this leaving no choose in his fate.
Geoffrey Robinson forensic intelligence penetrates where professional historians have not reached.
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BryceV | 11 andre anmeldelser | Jan 15, 2024 |
Picked this up in an op shop and loved reading the six transcripts from this fantastic TV programme from the 1980s. Some of the hypothetical ethical dilemmas of the time are no longer relevant in the contemporary world, however it was still fascinating to be reminded about what mattered in the 1980s - and how much the quality of TV (and the ABC) has deteriorated since then.

The book includes
- The Angel's Advocate
- The Fast Track
- We Name The Guilty Men
- Unto Us A Child Is Born
- Should You Tell The President
- Till Divorce Do Us Part

Copies of the TV programme are available from the ABC, however they are quite expensive.
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PhillipThomas | Feb 6, 2022 |
A new take on an old story. Robertson holds up John Cooke, the prosecutor in the case against Charles I, as a liberal hero who was 350 years before his time. Robertson puts the best face possible on the Interregnum, but he succeeds in making a case that Cooke - not the Stuarts - are the ones to celebrate in a republican world.
poirotketchup | 11 andre anmeldelser | Mar 18, 2021 |



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