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Geoffrey Robertson on free speech

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Robertson

  • Date recorded: 14 Nov 2013

  • Duration: 1:03:11

'Then along came the Internet, and it's had a revolutionary effect on libel law... it permitted... the power of the powerless.'

- Geoffrey Robertson

About this video

International human-rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses free speech and how to balance privacy and national security.

He weighs up the release of information in the public’s interest versus the fate of international whistleblowers such as Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

This event took place on 14 November 2013 as part of the Big Ideas Under the Dome lecture series, celebrating the centenary of the Library's domed La Trobe Reading Room and its role in inspiring creativity and ideas.


Geoffrey Robertson QC has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on international legal issues and creates Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals for television and for ethics education.

Geoffrey lives in London with his wife, author Kathy Lette, and their two children.