Geoffrey Robertson QC

Advisory Panel Member

Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He is a 'distinguished jurist' member of the United Nations Justice Council, having served as the first President of the Special Court in Sierra Leone.

He has argued many landmark cases in media, constitutional and criminal law in the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords, the Privy Council and Commonwealth courts. He has recently appeared in the Court of Final Appeal for Hong Kong, the Supreme Court of Malaysia, the Fiji Court of Appeal, the High Court of Australia and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
He has appeared before Old Bailey juries in some of the most celebrated trials including Oz, Gay News, The ABC Trial, "The Romans in Britain", and the Brighton bombing.
He has conducted a number of missions on behalf of Amnesty International to South Africa and Vietnam, and led the 1992 Bar Council / Law Society Human Rights mission to Malawi. In 1990 he served as counsel to the Royal Commission investigating trafficking in arms and mercenaries to the Columbian drugs cartels. He was made a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 1997.
He is the author of many books including Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice (3rd edition, 2006); Media Law (with Andrew Nicol QC, 5th edition, 2007); Freedom, the Individual and the Law (8th edition, 1993); and a memoir, The Justice Game (1999) which sold over 150,000 copies.
He is a Recorder, a Master of the Middle Temple, Council Member of Justice, Trustee of the Capital Cases Trust and a Visiting Professor in Human Rights Law Queen Mary College, University of London.