Philippe Sands QC

Philippe Sands QC

Professor of Law

+44 (0)20 3108 8375

p.sands@ucl.ac.uk

You can now order Professor Sands’ latest book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (order in the United States).

East West Street is WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD (SAMUEL JOHNSON) PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY AWARD AND JQ-WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE

Also available to order: City of Lions (Pushkin Collection).

Read Philippe’s Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: East West Street: On The Origins Of Genocide And Crimes Against Humanity delivered at this year’s Hay Festival on Sunday 29 May,

As part of the book launch, Professor Sands will make the following appearances:

Tuesday 17 January Human Rights Lecture, Belfast
Wednesday 18 January  Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
Tuesday 24 January 2017 University of Glasgow Holocaust Memorial Lecture, Scotland
Wednesday 25 January Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Thursday 26 January Northeastern University, Boston MA
Friday 27 January

to Sunday 29 January

Hay Festival Cartagena, Colombia
Thursday 23 February JW3, London
Sunday 26 February 3  Books In 3 Photographs: Jewish Book Week, Kings Place, with Hisham Matar and Diana Matar
Thursday 2 March Laura Devine Solicitors
Sunday 5 March Jewish Book Week, Kings Place, with Bernard-Henri Levy
Wednesday 15 March ILA Nottingham and My Nazi Legacy
Thursday 16 March Warwick Law School
Sunday 19 March Thinking Sunday at The Ethical Society, London
Monday 27 March Ivy Club
Thursday 30 March Washington University Law School, St Louis
Thursday 6 April Science Po, Paris
Thursday 20 April Paperback Publication Date
Sunday 23 April Mishkenot Sha’aranim, Jerusalem
Friday 27 April Wiener Library
Sunday 30 April If This Is A Man, Reading, Royal Festival Hall 
Tuesday 9 May Chipping Campden Literature Festival
Saturday 13 May Boswell Literary Festival
Friday 19 May

to Sunday 21 May

Franschoek Literary Festival, South Africa
Tuesday 23 May (TBC) JW3 ‘Holocaust By Bullets’ Exhibition
Wednesday 24 May Charleston Literary Festival
Thursday 25 May

to Sunday 4 June

Hay Festival
Friday 26 May  Bath Literary Festival
Friday 16 June York Literary Festival
Saturday 17 June

to Sunday 18 June

Dalkey Book Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday 2 July Chalke Valley History Festival and Cambridge Lectures
Saturday 2 September FT @ Kenwood House
Thursday 7 September

to Sunday 10 September

 Hay Festival Queretaro, Mexico
Wednesday 13 September Center for Jewish History, New York
Thursday 14 September Columbia Law School, New York
Saturday 16 September

to Sunday 17 September

PEN Congress, Lviv, Ukraine
Friday 22 September

to Monday 25 September

 Hay Festival Segovia, Spain
Wednesday 18 October Bristol Festival of Ideas
Tuesday 24 October Middle Temple Historical Society
Saturday 4 November

to Sunday 5 November

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil, The Hague, Netherlands
Friday 10 November

to Saturday 11 November

Lviv Festival, Ukraine
Wednesday 29 November Bonnart Lecture, London
Monday 12 February

to Tuesday 13 February 2018

Berlin Konzerthaus, East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil, The Hague, Netherlands
Monday 26 February Imperial War Museum, London
Monday 5 March

to Tuesday 6 March

UCLA and USC, Los Angeles

 

Philippe Sands joined the Faculty in January 2002. He 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. His teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law.

Philippe is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently for leading newspapers. He is frequently invited to lecture around the world, and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2005), the University of Melbourne (2005) and the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne) (2006, 2007). He has previously held academic positions at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London and University of Cambridge and he was a Global Professor of Law at New York University from 1995-2003. He was 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). In 2007 he served as a judge for the Guardian First Book Prize award.Philippe Sands joined the Faculty in January 2002. He 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. His teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law.

As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law. In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He has been appointed to lists of arbitrators maintained by ICSID and the PCA.

Research

Professor Sands directs the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (www.pict-pcti.org). The project has the following aims and objectives:
- to facilitate access to and transparency in the work of international courts and tribunals;
- to enhance the effectiveness of international courts and tribunals;
- to promote greater knowledge about international courts and tribunals; and 
- to promote international peace through international justice and rule of law.

The project is doing research into policy, legal and operational, issues in the administration of international justice in the twenty-first century, such as the composition and independence of the international bench. In 2006 the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals was awarded an AHRC grant of £250,000 to examine the appointment of international judges.

View Philippe’s research profile on the UCL IRIS website

Publications

Books

The International Court of Justice and Nuclear Weapons, (collection of essays edited with Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Principles of International Environmental Law, Manchester University Press, 1995 (Vols. I, II and III); 2nd edition to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.

The Manual of International Courts and Tribunals, (with Shany and Mackenzie), Butterworths, 1999

Bowett’s Law of International Institutions, Sweet & Maxwell, 5th edition, 2001 (co-author with Pierre Klein, Universite Libre de Bruxelles)

Principles of International Environmental Law, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2003

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules, (Penguin, 2005) (translated into Arabic (2006) and Farsi (2007), Chinese translation forthcoming(2008))..

East West Street,  Alfred Knopf/Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016

City of Lions, Pushkin Press, 2016

Edited Books

Greening International Law (editor), Earthscan, 1993

Environmental Law, The Economy and Sustainable Development, (co-edited with Richard Stewart and Richard Revesz) Cambridge University Press, 2000

Justice for Crimes Against Humanity, Hart Publishing, 2003 (edited with Mark Lattimer)

Documents in International Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, 2004 (edited with Paolo Galizzi)

From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (editor)

Recent Articles

‘Chernobyl: Law and Communication’, 340 pp. (Grotius Publications/Cambridge University Press) 1988.

Newspaper Articles

Guardian Comment is Free, Weblog: commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/philippe_sands

Guardian profile, including articles

Op-Ed, ‘Policymakers on torture take note — remember Pinochet‘, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 November 2005

Debate with Professor John Yoo, World Affairs Council of Northern California, ‘America is Undermining Global Legal Order … Or Not?‘, 31 October 2005 

Current Teaching

Postgraduate

Law and Policy of International Courts & Tribunals
International Environmental Law