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).

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 1 November NYU Law School, New York
Wednesday 2 November Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge, England
Thursday 3 November Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, ‘Mon Heritage Nazi’ film Find out more
Monday, 7 November London School of Economics, London
Sunday 20 November Miami Book Fair, Miami, Florida
Wednesday 23 November University of Toronto
Friday 25 November Freiburg, Germany
Sunday 27 November Cambridge Literary Festival
Wednesday 30 November Trinity College, Dublin
Wednesday 7 December Daunt Books, South End Green NW3, London
Thursday 8 December Southampton, England
Thursday 15 December Second Home/Libreria, London
Tuesday 24 January 2017 Glasgow, Scotland
Thursday 26 January Northeastern University Law School, Boston
27 – 29 January Hay Cartagena, Colombia
Thursday, 23 February JW3, London
Sunday 26 February Sheffield, UK
Wednesday, 8 March Warwick University
27-29 May South Africa

 

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))..

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

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