The first decade of the twenty-first 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 righ.
Preface; Part I: Foundations; 1: School Days; 2: The Practice of Law: justice, or just a job?; Part II: Asylum-seekers in Australia; Introduction; 3: Authoritarianism in the Name of Freedom; 4: Towards a Just Society: beyond the spin; 5: Australia's Crimes Against Humanity: not 'interesting'; 6: The Pacific Solution; 7: Tony Abbott: master of the soft sell; 8: Honesty Matters: the ethics of daily life; 9: Australia's Refugee Policy; Part III: Human Rights in an Age of Terror; Introduction; 10: Terror, Old and New: from the Gunpowder Plot to Guantanamo.
11: Human Rights and International Law12: Protecting Rights in a Climate Fear; 13: David Hicks: hearsay and coercion; 14: The Argument for a Bill of Rights; 15: Habeas Corpus; 16: The Dreyfus Affair; 17: Anti-Terror Laws: controlling Jack Thomas; 18: Howard's 'Fair Go' Australia; Part IV: Justice and Injustice; Introduction; 19: Access to Justice; 20: Van Nguyen: Australia and the death penalty; 21: The Roger Casement Case; 22: The Leopold and Loeb Case; 23: The Oscar Slater Case; 24: The Adolf Beck Case; 25: The Stefan Kiszko Case; 26: The Burning Car Case; 27: The Scottsboro Boys Case.
28: The Dred Scott Case29: The Crippen Case; 30: The Alma Rattenbury Case; 31: The 'Black Book' Case; Appendixes; Notes; Acknowledgments.
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