Justice for All and How to Achieve It
Citizens, lawyers and the law in the age of human rights
- A thought-provoking exploration of the world’s enduring legal and moral dilemmas
- Based on a prestigious lecture series delivered by an internationally-renowned barrister
What is a crime against humanity and when should it be investigated? What does ‘human rights’ mean? Is law the new religion and are its high priests, the lawyers, really all bad? What is the role of the law in the regulation of sexual behaviour? Are there limits to what we can reasonably expect from international war crimes tribunals? These and many other crucial questions are explored with wit, panache and consummate even-handedness by Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC, in the series of lectures he delivered as Gresham Professor of Law from 2012 to 2016. Drawing on events from every continent and every period in history – from ancient Babylon to Britain on the brink of Brexit – and referencing icons from Cicero and Socrates, Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre, Joan Baez and Muhammad Ali – Sir Geoffrey applies his own wealth of experience to moral problems that are as pressing in today’s anxious world as they ever have been.
Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC has practised as a barrister since 1971. He led the prosecution of Slobodan Miloševic and much of his work since has been connected to the International Criminal Court or pro bono for victims groups. He is also a lecturer and commentator on war crimes issues for the international press.