A discussion with Phillippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London

January 4, 2019

Please join the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges and the Legal History Forum for a discussion with Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London, about his book, East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” and his new BBC podcast series, The Ratline on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:15pm - 5:45pm in the Yale Law School Faculty Lounge. 

Immediately following, Phillippe Sands will deliver a short exhibit talk on Level L1 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library. This exhibit, created by Evelyn Ma, Lucie Olejnikova, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns features Raphael Lemkin – one of the protagonists of Sands’s East West Street: On the Origins of ‘Genocide’ and ‘Crimes Against Humanity’. Raphael Lemkin coined the term ‘Genocide’ and dedicated his life and work to outlawing it. The exhibit displays a selection of monographs Raphael Lemkin consulted when drafting the Genocide Convention while lecturing here at Yale Law School between 1948-1951. The exhibit also includes a copy of the Genocide Convention Outline annotated by Raphael Lemkin, Raphael Lemkin’s publications and works about genocide and its criminalization, and selected publications about Raphael Lemkin, his person, his life, and his journey.

Prior to the talk, you might also like to watch a documentary Sands wrote and in which he is featured: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy. “This film explores the relationship between two men, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter, each of whom are the children of high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same area where their fathers carried out mass killings. Features never before seen home movie and archive footage from the heart of the Nazi regime.”

The Law Library has this DVD available for check-out.

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