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Watching brief

Reflections on Human Rights, Law, and Justice

Julian Burnside

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Scribe Publications
27 October 2008
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.
By:   Julian Burnside
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   278g
ISBN:   9781921372360
ISBN 10:   1921372362
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   27 October 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Watching brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law, and Justice

Watching Brief is cool and rational, providing uncomfortable detail in succinct prose. . . . a brief that deserves a wide audience and careful judgment. --Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne


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