The international rule of law: the new battleground


This event, hosted by the Henry Jackson Society will assess what can be done by the global community to enhance the application of the rule of law.

75 years after The Nuremberg Trials, crimes against humanity and genocide continue to be a persistent stain on global society. We promised ‘Never Again’, and yet human rights abuses from Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) and Rwanda to the former Yugoslavia and China indicate that the rule of law and justice remain elusive.

Professor Philippe Sands QC, author of East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, who has recently served as counsel for Mauritius in the ICJ advisory opinion on Chagos, and The Gambia in their ICJ case against Myanmar, will discuss this new battleground. Drawing on several examples from the contemporary era, we will assess what can be done by the global community to enhance the application of the rule of law to the prevention and ending of serious violations of human rights and international crimes.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to this timely discussion on one of the most pressing topics of our time.

Panellists:

Professor Philippe Sands QC, is a renowned British-French lawyer. As well as being a Professor at University College London, Philippe has participated in several major global trials, including many at the International Court of Justice. Philippe is also the author of several prize-winning publications, including the bestselling 2016 book ‘East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity‘, and its 2020 sequel ‘The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive‘.

Isabel Sawkins has a BA in Modern Languages at Durham University and an MA in Political Sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL. She is currently completing a PhD on Holocaust memory in the Russian Federation at the University of Exeter, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Isabel has presented her research at numerous international conferences. She has also published her findings in academic journals, as well as contributing to online media outlets. Isabel’s most recent accomplishment was the curation of an online exhibition about a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. Isabel speaks French, Italian, Russian and Polish.

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