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  • Published: 19 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742758213
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $34.99

Mullahs Without Mercy

Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons




Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how to avoid war in the Middle East and a catastrophic nuclear disaster.

Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how to avoid war in the Middle East and a catastrophic nuclear disaster.

- What is worse: Iran getting the bomb or America bombing Iran?
- Will our children ever live in a world without nuclear weapons?
- Can states that mass-murder their own people be trusted with a weapon that
mass-murders?
- Will a nuclear explosion change the climate before climate change does?

In Mullahs Without Mercy, Geoffrey Robertson explores these and other awesome questions that arise from Iran’s potential for acquiring the bomb. The scramble for nuclear weapons by brutal or unstable regimes poses the clearest present danger to the peace and the climate of the world.

This ground-breaking book exposes Iran’s crimes against prisoners and dissidents, perpetrated by the very same mullahs who may soon have their fingers on nuclear triggers. But it argues that America has no legal right to attack, as Israel – hypocritically hiding its own nuclear arsenal – demands. In this vividly written and authoritative book, one of our highest-profile legal minds shows how the mushroom cloud hovering over the Middle East might yet have a silver lining – forcing the world to reassert the rule of international law, which could lead to the elimination of a weapon with the power to destroy us all.

  • Pub date: 19 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742758213
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Geoffrey Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel and human rights advocate. He has been a UN war crimes judge, a counsel in many notable Old Bailey trials, has defended hundreds of men facing death sentences in the Caribbean, and has won landmark rulings on civil liberty from the highest courts in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, a Master of the Middle Temple, and a visiting professor at the New College of Humanities in London.

His book Crimes Against Humanity has been an inspiration for the global justice movement, his other books include Freedom, the Individual and the Law, The Tyrannicide Brief, The Statute of Liberty, Dreaming Too Loud and the acclaimed memoir The Justice Game. He has made many television and radio programmes, notably Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, and has won a Freedom of Information award for his writing and broadcasting. In 2011 he received the New York State Bar Association’s Award for ‘Distinction in International Law and Affairs’, and was Australian Humanitarian of the Year in 2014. In 2018 he was awarded an order of Australia (AO) for ‘his distinguished service to the law and the legal profession as an international human rights lawyer and advocate for global civil liberties’.

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Praise for Mullahs Without Mercy

“In a beautifully argued book, the QC with a stellar track record on human rights suggests one solution would be for the United Nations to regulate the disarmament of existing nuclear stockpiles. And he wants the international Court of Justice to rule that using a nuclear weapon in any circumstance would be an international crime. Legal sanctions are all very well, but history shows you can’t legislate against madness. Read it and weep.”

Frances Rand, South Coast Register, Nowra


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