Christopher Michaelsen


Charter of rights: lessons from Germany

THE TWENTY-THIRD OF MAY marked the sixtieth anniversary of the coming into effect of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany, the so-called Grundgesetz (“basic law”). The groundwork for the new constitution had been prepared about a year earlier by a group of experts...

Anti Terrorism Bills lacks adequate oversight mechanisms

Christopher Michaelsen criticises the lack of accountability and scrutiny in the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005. He argues that the 28 new anti-terrorism laws introduced since September 2001 have generally lacked effective judicial and parliamentary review mechanisms and that the new bill has the same shortcomings. He...