Purpose of the text
·To argue for the importance of the adversarial advocacy system of conducting trials ·To argue for the need for a bill of human rights in British and Australian law as basic principles upon which the justice system can be built. ·To demonstrate the extent of abuses of human rights and injustice in the world in the second half of the 20th century. ·To demonstrate the extent of his own involvement in advocacy and the defence of human rights. Chapter: The trials of oz
·” The Philosophy of oz was a contradiction in terms” (Pg : 13) – SARCASTIC Suggesting the magazine had no philosphy at all and did not seriously threaten anything ·” I knew all about the law- but nothing about justice and i was looking forward to seeing it done” (Pg: 21) – PUN This is a thought provocting pun, as we expect that one flows naturally from the other. ·” What are we – the soviet union? ” (Pg 39)
Implying that roberston views the case as unfair, no freedom or rights of speech and press. ·” Lordships pen” (pg 32)
Refers to the fact the judge would only write what he chose to write.
Chapter: Michael X on death row
·Geoffrey Robertson believes that Michael X is the creation of the media. He takes on a superior tone when discussing this (pg: 79-84) and describes him as a “hustler and a poseur”, dissmissing any real “achievements” by Michael X ·” Token Black” implies his rise to fame in britian was because it was fashionable to have a black man involved in ones cause. ·Emotive language is used when discussing the death penalty. ·”Living Dead” referring to Michael X’s place on death row. – Juxtaposition ·” The rest is not silent” a deliberate misquote from shakespeares Hamlet. This is effective because Hamlet is referring to the nothingness of death and the quite that follows. ·Robertson emphasises the stress suffered as a result of death by hanging by juxtaposing the wailing and hailing of the hangmans victums to the sounds of breakfest.
Fifty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the trend towards worldwide abolition of the death penalty is unmistakable. When the Declaration was adopted in 1948, eight countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes; today, as of November 1998, the number stands at 63. More than half the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or ...
Chapter : The Romans in Britian
·Geoffrey Robertsons perspective was that the case was ludicrous in nature. His tone,amusement and sattire show this.
·Prosecutrix – A pun combining prosecuter and domanatrix
·He uses language such as “divened, rapturously and devout legal battallion” in order to place her in the category of a fundamentalist religious crusader.
·”Grinded her loins” – Irony
“Loins” were what she was crusading against loins