A recap on books I read in 2021

At the very start of 2021, while still in New Zealand, I took a moment to read Geoffrey Robertson’s autobiography ‘Rather His Own Man’. Robertson’s politics are very different to mine. But he is one of Australia’s most well-known legal figures, living a cosmopolitan life applying practical liberal legal doctrines on a global scale. “Commonwealth courts that have one thing in common,” he writes, “they are bound by constitutions that direct them to respect the rule of law.” This observation isn’t simply academic for Robertson, who has made a career out of taking down war criminals, packaging complex legal arguments […]

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