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              Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure

              Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure (Hardback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              The controversy about the Elgin Marbles continues to rage. This book will be the first to propound a system for the return of cultural property, based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts to decide whether artworks, manuscripts and sculptures have... cultural importance and have been acquired in circumstances which morally require their return to enable peoples to enjoy the 'keys to their history' and in some cases to enable the better appreciation of cultural objects that have been important to the understanding of human progress. The book examines how the past can be experienced - by everyone. It will ask what is the difference between an original and a perfect copy, and in what circumstances that difference should require uplifting of the relic and bringing it back home. Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in a number of celebrated cases - he acted with Amal Clooney to provide the Greek Government with legal arguments for reuniting the Parthenon Marbles, and took successful action for Tasmanian Aboriginals to force London's Natural History Museum to return the remains of their ancestors. In this book he will discuss these cases, and will conclude by describing, in non-legal language, a rule that can be applied to decide in particular cases how museums and private collections should distinguish treasures that are not 'theirs'.
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              ISBN 9781760893699
              Published NZ 5 Nov 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?

              An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              As the ANZAC centenary comes closer, commemorating the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, Geoffrey Robertson reveals its first and most numerous casualties - more than one million Armenians, destroyed in a genocide that was triggered by the arrival of the allied invasion fle...et. It was an international crime, which Turkey still insists it did not commit, but in this book the celebrated Australian Queen's Counsel forensically demolishes its case. This work on 'genocide denial' will be of international importance for the centenary of the Armenian genocide (April 24, 1915) and for Turkey's bid for admission to the European Union, contingent on its recognition in some form of the international crime committed against its Christian population. As with previous books by this internationally renowned Australian thinker, An Inconvenient Genocide has important messages - for example, about the way in which genocide denialism is restricting the scope of international law and providing malevolent political and military leaders with excuses for mass-murdering civilians because of their race and religion. This will be an important and controversial contribution to the understanding of history and to the advancement of the rule of law.
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              ISBN 9780857986337
              Published NZ 1 Oct 2014
              Publisher Random House
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              Rather His Own Man

              Rather His Own Man (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

              Read by Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              In this witty, engrossing and sometimes poignant memoir, a sequel to his bestselling The Justice Game, Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson charts his progress from pimply state schoolboy to top Old Bailey barrister and thence onwards and upwards to a leading role in the str...uggle for human rights throughout the world. He wryly observes the absurdities of growing up as one of `Ming's kids'; the passion of student protest in the '60s and his early crusades for `Down Under-dogs', before leaving on a Rhodes Scholarship to combat the British establishment, with the help of John Mortimer of `Rumpole' fame. There are dramatic accounts of fighting for lives on death rows, freeing dissidents and taking on tyrants, armed only with a unique mind and a passion for justice - on display whenever he boomeranged back to Australia to conduct Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals. In this updated edition of his amazing life story, he tells of David and Goliath battle; tales that feature a cast of characters from Malcolm Turnbull to Mike Tyson; from Nigella Lawson to Kathy Lette and Julian Assange. Throughout his exploits - recounted here with irreverent humour and dashes of true wisdom - Geoffrey Robertson has remained determinedly independent and his own man. He has also, in respect of human rights, changed the way we think.
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              ISBN 9780655604570
              Published NZ 28 May 2019
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              Rather His Own Man
               

              Rather His Own Man (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

              Read by Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              In this witty, engrossing and sometimes poignant memoir, a sequel to his bestselling The Justice Game, Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson charts his progress from pimply state schoolboy to top Old Bailey barrister and thence onwards and upwards to a leading role in the str...uggle for human rights throughout the world. He wryly observes the absurdities of growing up as one of `Ming's kids'; the passion of student protest in the '60s and his early crusades for `Down Under-dogs', before leaving on a Rhodes Scholarship to combat the British establishment, with the help of John Mortimer of `Rumpole' fame. There are dramatic accounts of fighting for lives on death rows, freeing dissidents and taking on tyrants, armed only with a unique mind and a passion for justice - on display whenever he boomeranged back to Australia to conduct Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals. In this updated edition of his amazing life story, he tells of David and Goliath battle; tales that feature a cast of characters from Malcolm Turnbull to Mike Tyson; from Nigella Lawson to Kathy Lette and Julian Assange. Throughout his exploits - recounted here with irreverent humour and dashes of true wisdom - Geoffrey Robertson has remained determinedly independent and his own man. He has also, in respect of human rights, changed the way we think.
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              ISBN 9780655604563
              Published NZ 28 May 2019
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice
               

              Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice (Paperback, 4th edition)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

              • RRP: $35.00
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              Explains why we must hold political and military leaders accountable for genocide, torture and mass murder - the crimes against humanity that have disfigured the world. This book shows how human rights standards can be enforced against cruel governments, armies and multi-national... corporations.
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              ISBN 9780141974835
              Released NZ 29 Nov 2012
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Dreaming Too Loud

              Dreaming Too Loud (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              The satirical magazine Private Eye has described Geoffrey Robertson as 'an Australian who's had a voice transplant'. Robertson explains: 'In my first appearance at the Old Bailey I had to tell a prim and proper judge that I appeared on behalf of a company which manufactured T-shi...rts emblazoned with the 'F' word. I nervously mustered up the courage to tell him that the offending logo read 'F*** Art, let's Dance.' His eyebrows shot up in horror. 'F*** Art let's WHAT, Mr Robertson?' 'Let's dance, my Lord.' 'Oh I see. You're an Australian. What you mean to say is 'F*** Art, lets Darnce'. In these witty, wonderfully incisive essays, Geoffrey Robertson muses on a wide range of subjects: his illustrious career at the bar and as a champion of free speech and human rights around the world; the humanity and enlightenment of our first governor, Arthur Phillip; little-known Tom Curnow, whose courage Robertson compares to what he sees as the cruelty of Ned Kelly; the endemic problems facing Indigenous Australia; our war record; his relationship with Julian Assange, and much else. With his unmistakeably biting intelligence and humanity Robertson cuts through to what is brilliant and terrible about Australia in the twenty-first century.
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              ISBN 9780857981899
              Published NZ 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Random House
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              The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold
                

              The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold (Paperback, New edition)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              Charles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a King who was above the law: in the end the man they briefed was the radical barrister, John Cooke. He was the brav...est of barristers, who risked his own life to make tyranny a crime.
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              ISBN 9780099459194
              Released NZ 1 Aug 2006
              Publisher Vintage
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              Rather His Own Man

              Rather His Own Man (Hardback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              The comprehensive, brilliantly told, gloriously candid autobiography from Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson. In this book he pays homage to his family and an incredible career across the world. He describes his childhood as a Bondi baby turned Eastwood boy and imbues the ...early chapters with fascinating family history against a backdrop of beautifully drawn social history - of the Menzies years, the restrictive fifties and sixties that propelled Geoffrey away from Australia to the UK. He talks honestly about girlfriends, including Nigella Lawson and Jennifer Byrne, and of course of meeting and marrying Kathy Lette. He writes movingly about his children, Julius and Georgina, and the challenges of bringing up a son on the autistic spectrum, his great pride at both his children's achievements. There are stories of Geoffrey's battles for student rights at Sydney Uni; his move to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar; and his early career from the Oz trial through Spycatcher; devising and broadcasting Hypotheticals; his death penalty cases; his many freedom of speech fights; the work of his London chambers, who were forerunners in legal circles in the nineties when they set up (and who now employ Amal Clooney). He writes about Assange, Snowden, corruption at Scotland Yard and MI5, and in many different regimes around the world - Geoffrey has worked on cases against African, East European and southern and central American dictators. This is a riveting read with scores of brilliant stories spanning an extraordinary career of nearly fifty years.
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              ISBN 9780143784074
              Published NZ 26 Feb 2018
              Publisher Random House
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              Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons

              Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              In Mullahs Without Mercy Geoffrey Robertson QC demonstrates, with chilling examples, why Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. This timely and authoritative book makes clear how international law must be deployed to stop Iran from developing a nuclear strike capability. A ...dramatic account of how Iran's leaders have committed, without compunction, a series of crimes against humanity and a sinister campaign of targeted assassinations, Mullahs Without Mercy makes clear that the perpetrators remain in positions of power and are conspiring to commit a greater crime - the possession and use of nuclear weapons. Using his unique access to the Boroumand Foundation files, Geoffrey Robertson makes the case that the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran will be catastrophic for peace and justice for everyone. No scenario can avoid the serious risk that by design or even miscalculation, the bomb will be used and will trigger a regional, and possibly global, war.
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              ISBN 9781742758213
              Published NZ 19 Nov 2012
              Publisher Random House
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              The Levellers: The Putney Debates

              The Levellers: The Putney Debates (Paperback)

              By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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              Evolving from Oliver Cromwell's New Model army in Parliament's struggle against King Charles I, the Levellers pushed for the removal of corruption in parliament, universal voting rights and religious toleration through protests and pamphlets. This volume shows us just how the Lev...ellers' were the first Western radical democrats.
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              ISBN 9781844671755
              Released NZ 19 Dec 2007
              Publisher Verso Books
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Revolutions
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