East West Street: On the Origins of ‘Genocide’ and ‘Crimes against Humanity’

Philippe Sands QC, international lawyer and award-winning author of East West Street

International lawyer Philippe Sands QC gives a moving account of the origins of the human rights movement, told through the lens of his own family history, in a thought-provoking and deeply affecting discussion of his award-winning memoir East West Street: On the Origins of ‘Genocide’ and ‘Crimes against Humanity’.

In his talk, Professor Sands poses the question confronted by the two key protagonists who battled to ensure that the concepts of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' became cornerstones of international law: “How can the law operate to throw a protective embrace over those at risk of serious harm?”