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Watching Brief
By Julian Burnside

Watching Brief

Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice

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Watching Brief by Julian Burnside

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The first decade of the 21st century has seen a sharp decline in respect for human rights and the international rule of law. The legal conventions of the new realpolitik seem to owe more to Guantanamo than Geneva. Australia has tarnished its reputation in the field of human rights, through its support for illegal warfare, its failure to honour international conventions, its refusal to defend its citizens against secret rendition and illegal detention, and its introduction of secretive anti-sedition legislation and draconian anti-terror laws. In Watching Brief, noted lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside articulates a sensitive and intelligent defence of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, and the importance of protecting human rights and maintaining the rule of law. He takes us on a fascinating tour of some of the world's most famous trials, where the outcome has often turned on prejudice, complacency, chance, or (more promisingly) the tenacity of supporters and the skill of advocates. Burnside also looks at the impact of significant recent cases - including those involving David Hicks, Jack Thomas, and Van Nguyen - on contemporary Australian society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921372360
ISBN-10: 1921372362
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside, QC, is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees. He is a past president of Liberty Victoria, and is also passionately involved in the arts- he is the chair of Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and is chair of the Mietta Foundation. He has published a children's book, Matilda and the Dragon, and is also the author of From Nothing to Zero, a compilation of letters written by asylum-seekers held in Australia's detention camps, Wordwatching, a collection of essays on the uses and abuses of the English language, and Watching Brief- reflections on human rights, law, and justice.

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