Queen's Counsel, broadcaster and author Geoffrey Robertson has achieved international fame by defending high-profile cases, often representing victims of alleged human rights abuses.
Here, at an event organised by Amnesty Australia, he gives a short history of human rights, from the Magna Carta to the present.
Geoffrey Robertson is an Australian-born QC and world-renowned human rights lawyer. He has been counsel in several landmark cases in Britain and Europe including defending Salman Rushdie, and the Oz Magazine trial, representing Tasmanian aborigines in their case against the Natural History Museum to prevent the Museum from experimenting on the remains of their ancestors, and arguing the Court of Appeal case which first defined "terrorism" for the purpose of British law.
Robertson has served part-time as an United Nations appeal judge at its war crimes court in Sierra Leone. In 2008 The United Nations Secretary General appointed him as one of three distinguished jurist members to the UN's Internal Justice Council.
Robertson has published a number of books including The Statute of Liberty: How to Give Australians Back Their Rights, Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice, The Tyrannicide Brief and The Justice Game. He is visiting Professor in Human Rights at Queen Mary College, University of London. He is also the host of television show Hypotheticals.