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Book Group: Prof Philippe Sands


In 2021, Readings is partnering with the Victorian International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee of the Australian Red Cross to run a book club on the law and impact of war. The book club will meet online on the last Wednesday of every second month throughout 2021.

The first book up for discussion is The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, by Philippe Sands, about the disappearance of senior Nazi Otto Wächter.

At this session we have the honour of being joined by author Philippe Sands, who is also a Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College, London. Sands has acted as counsel and advocate in many high profile international law cases including trade and maritime boundary disputes and violations of international criminal law. He has written seventeen books on international law, the most popular being East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, which was written in 2016 and explores his own family history and the Nuremberg trials.

International humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war, is the body of law that applies during war to protect those who are not, or who are no longer participating in hostilities, and that seeks to limit the means and methods of warfare. Find out more by visiting the website of Australian Red Cross.

This event is online and ticket entry is $5 per person, which is redeemable off your purchase of the book when buying online from the Readings website. Attendees will be sent a promo code to claim $5 off the price of the book when they are emailed the Zoom link before the event. Please note, the promo code is valid online only, for 24 hours, and not applicable in-store.

Please book here.

How to ‘attend’ a virtual event at Readings

This event commences online at 7pm using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

To book for this event, you must provide your email address.

To ensure the Zoom event stays private, participants will be emailed an unique zoom link and a password 30 minutes before the event begins on the day of the event. Please check your email.

All bookings for online events will be closed one hour before the event begins.

You do not need to a Zoom account to join a meeting, but mobile users will need to download the Zoom app for their device. Desktop and laptop users can either download the Zoom application or access the event via their web browser.

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The Ratline

The Ratline

Philippe Sands

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