Sadakat Kadri is a human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and a writer. His most recent book is The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson, and he is a past winner of the Spectator/Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing.

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Law
28 June 2007
I have rashly agreed to arrange the stag night for a university friend. He’s quite a shy bloke, but everyone is...
Human Rights
07 May 2007
A few days ago, I got the Tube to work and found my regular stop crawling with drugs officers and sniffer dogs. As my...
Human Rights
09 April 2007
Recently after a hard day’s shopping, I had a deeply embarrassing retail moment. I set off a store alarm, and it took...
Human Rights
05 March 2007
How come last week’s anti-war demonstration in London wasn’t banned? I thought free speech in the vicinity of...
Human Rights
12 February 2007
I am confused by the government's decision to modernise Trident. I thought we'd signed up to a treaty which made that...
Law
15 January 2007
On a recent trip abroad, I was stopped for speeding, and had to slip the officers the price of a stiff drink to avoid a...
International Politics
08 January 2007
The Iraqi High Tribunal's rejection of Saddam Hussein's appeal was the kind of judicial exercise that gives rubber...
Human Rights
11 December 2006
I have recently moved, and love everything about my new flat – except the couple next door. One of them seems to be...
Human Rights
27 November 2006
My passport is about to expire, and I can’t seem to get a decent photograph for its replacement. The light falls badly...
Human Rights
13 November 2006
Every now and then, I start to panic that the police are about to smash my door down. It’s weird, since they never...
Politics
30 October 2006
My problem is unusual, but I really hope you can help. I've held Hallowe'en parties in the function room of my local...
Politics
02 October 2006
This column is reluctant to lend aid and comfort to Conservative supporters - contrary to the perception of some...
Human Rights
18 September 2006
One of my friends works at a jobcentre. His boss has always been fond of a drink, and it's started to become a real...
UK Politics
28 August 2006
During a recent visit to London, I was surprised when a policeman at Westminster Abbey told me to cover up my T-shirt...
Politics
31 July 2006
This is embarrassing. I recently chucked my girlfriend - as much for her good as mine, because I'd been blotting my...

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