Philippe Sands


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Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at University College London and a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers. He has been involved in many important cases, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq, Guantanamo and the Yazadis. His books include Lawless World and Torture Team. He is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, Guardian, New York Review of Books and Vanity Fair, makes regular appearances on radio and television, and serves on the boards of English PEN and the Hay Festival.

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East West Street: On the Or...

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The Ratline: Love, Lies, an...

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Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Me...

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Lawless World: The Whistle-...

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Principles of International...

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From Nuremberg to The Hague...

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Bowett's Law of Internation...

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Greening International Law

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Principles of International...

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Documents in European Commu...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1995 — 7 editions
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“Does the difference matter? someone else asked. Does it matter whether the law seeks to protect you because you are an individual or because of the group of which you happen to be a member? That question floated around the room, and it has remained with me ever since.”
Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

“Why had I chosen the path of the law? And why law of the kind that seemed to be connected to an unspoken family history? 'What haunts are not the dead, but the gaps left within us by the secrets of others,' the psychoanalyst Nicolas Abraham wrote of the relationship between a grandchild and a grandparent. The invitation from Lviv was a chance to explore those haunting gaps.”
Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

“Britain objected to any depletion of sovereignty – the right to treat others as it wished – or international oversight. It took this position even if the price was more ‘injustice and oppression’.”
Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

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