Professor Philippe Sands KC



Philippe is Professor of Public Understanding of Law at University College London, and Samuel and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He served as President of English PEN until last year, and is on the board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature.

Sands negotiated the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is acting as counsel for Mauritius in the advisory opinion proceedings on climate change before ITLOS and the ICJ. He has written and advised extensively on the subject.

Author of many academic books, he has also published East West Street (2016) and The Ratline (2020). Philippe is an occasional contributor to many publications, including the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times, and appears regularly on the BBC and CNN. His latest book, The Last Colony, was published in September 2022.