Internationally renowned trial counsel and human rights advocate Geoffrey Robertson QC delivers the 2006 Kenneth Myer Lecture at 6pm Wednesday 16 August at the National Library of Australia.
The title of the lecture is Crimes Against Humanity – International Affairs Post Iraq.
Each year a distinguished Australian is invited by the Friends of the National Library to make a significant statement on a broad subject of particular interest to them, which relates to their background and career interests. The annual lecture is named after Kenneth Baillieu Myer, AC, Chairman of the National Library Council from 1972 –1982.
Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. In 2002, Justice Robertson was appointed as an appeal judge for the new UN war crimes court in Sierra Leone, and served as that court’s first President.
Geoffrey Robertson is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers the leading UK human rights practice. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple; and a Recorder (part-time judge) in London; an executive Member of Justice, and a trustee of the Capital Cases Trust. He is visiting Professor in Human Rights at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Mr Robertson is the author of Crimes against Humanity – The Struggle for Global Justice, The Justice Game, and of Robertson and Nicol on Media Law. His most recent publication is The Tyrannicide Brief, the story of how Cromwell’s lawyers produced the first trial of a Head of State – that of Charles I. He writes and broadcasts regularly on international legal issues and creates Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals for television and for ethics education.
Notable Australians who have delivered the Kenneth Myer Lecture since 2001 are: Professor Peter Doherty, The Hon. Fred Chaney AO, Professor Fiona Stanley, Harry Seidler AC, OBE and Tim Costello AO.