Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Philippe Sands QC

24 August 2016


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Lecture: East West Street: A Personal History of the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity'

Wednesday 24 August
6-7pm, followed by a cocktail reception

Join us for our next distinguished speaker lecture: 'East West Street: A Personal History of the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity' presented by author and international lawyer, Professor Philippe Sands QC, (University College London and Matrix Chambers) on 24 August. Professor Sands will also introduce a free screening of his documentary My Nazi Legacy the following evening.

Drawing from his acclaimed new book - part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller - Philippe Sands explains the connections between his work on 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide', the events that overwhelmed his family during the Second World War, and the remarkable, untold story that lay at the heart of the Nuremberg Trial: how Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht - the two prosecutors who brought 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' into the Nuremberg trial and international law - discovered that the man they were prosecuting - Hans Frank, Hitler's personal lawyer and Governor General of occupied Poland - had murdered their own families.

His new book East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (Alfred Knopf/Weidenfeld & Nicolson) will be available for purchase and signing after his presentation.

Registration will commence at 5.30pm, for a 6-7pm lecture followed by a cocktail reception.

This event is co-presented by Sydney Law School and Sydney Ideas

Registration (inc GST)*
Full fee: $15 inc GST
University of Sydney alumni: $10 inc GST
F/T student: $10 inc GST
*Cost includes cocktail reception following the lecture.

Law Foyer, level 2, Sydney Law School
New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)

CPD points: 1


Complimentary film screening
My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

6-7.45pm, Thursday 25 August

This thought provoking documentary explores the relationship between two men, each the sons of high-ranking Nazi officials, and Philippe Sands, whose family perished in the Holocaust. Philippe Sands met Niklas Frank and Horst van W├Ąchter while researching his book East West Street, and as the three travel together on an emotional journey through Europe and the past, the film explores how each of them cope with their own devastating family history.


Charles Perkins Centre
Building D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road)
University of Sydney, Camperdown

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About the speaker
Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He appears before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and in 1998 acted for Human Rights Watch with Reed Brody in the Pinochet cases at the House of Lords in London. He is the author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and several academic books on international law, and contributes to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian. He is a vice president of the Hay Festival and a member of the board of English PEN and of the Tricycle Theatre.

Time: Registration from 5.30pm. 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full Fee $15; SLS Alumni $10; Student $10

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 2628126d5023082b40103a4035521f513641151546605845