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  • Date and time Wed 10 Jun 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands, Author of the best-selling and multi award-winning “East West Street”, described as “mesmerising”, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely to discuss his latest book, “The Ratline”, already labelled “exhilarating and gripping”, a story of love, lies and justice on the trail of the Nazi leader who got away, as well as his reflections on the current crisis, international law and justice, and what it is like to make friends with the children of war criminals.

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Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals in the Faculty, and a key member of staff in the Centre for Law and the Environment. He is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently for leading newspapers. He is invited to lecture around the world, and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne and the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne).

Sands is a co-Founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programmes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press). 

Due to his experience in international courts and having been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including; Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo. Philippe has written best-selling books pertaining to controversial legal matters in recent times such as; Lawless World (on the illegality of the Iraq war), Torture Team (on the embrace of torture by the Bush Administration), and East West Street (on the origins of crimes against humanity and genocide). East West Street won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne.

His latest book, The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, was recently published in April 2020 and is also available as a BBC podcast.

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Key speakers

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC

Professor of Law at University College London, practising Barrister at Matrix Chambers and international Author

Speaker's biography

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals, and sits as an international arbitrator.


He is author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and several academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian.


East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (2016) won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne.


His new book, The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, is published in April 2020. It is also available as a BBC podcast.


Philippe is President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival.



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