Crossposted from CCJHR Blog

Prof. Phillipe Sands QC will deliver the 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork on Wednesday February 13th, 2013 in the Aula Maxima, from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. Philippe Sands QC is a Professor of Law, Member of Matrix Chambers and Director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. Prof Sands will deliver this distinguished lecture on “The Origin of International Crime: A Personal History”.Admission is free and advance booking is not necessary. All Welcome. For queries, telephone: 021 – 490 3414 or email 1.5 Hours General CPD and a Certificate of Attendance will be issued.

As a practicing barrister, Professor Sands has extensive experience litigating cases before the English courts and 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.

Professor Sands many publications include: Torture Team: Cruelty, Deception and the Compromise of Law (Penguin, May 2008); Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules (Penguin, 2005) and From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (editor). He also contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair and The Guardian.

Professor Sands co-directs the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) at London University and New York University. He has served as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. In 2011 he was appointed by the UK government as a member of the Commission on a Bill of Rights (whose report can be accessed here).


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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at] or (+353) 1 716 4129.