Thursday 26 January 18:00 - 20:30

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Exile, Justice and Britain's Colonial Legacy

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Join Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) to welcome Philippe Sands KC to talk about ‘Exile, Justice, and Britain’s Colonial Legacy'

Join Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) for our annual event welcoming Philippe Sands KC to talk about ‘Exile, Justice, and Britain’s Colonial Legacy’.

The talk will be followed by reflections from Nick Flynn, Head of Legal at Avaaz to consider the role of lawyers in the fight for social justice.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP)

Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) is a growing movement of more than 150 lawyers and over 600 law students in the UK and internationally committed to putting their skills and wider resources behind the fight against poverty. We are a small charity welcoming members of the legal community from all walks of life to come together to strengthen our collective response to the fight against poverty.

Philippe Sands KC

Philippe Sands KC is Professor of the Public Understanding of Law at University College London Faculty of Laws and Samuel and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

He is a practising barrister at 11 King’s Bench Walk (11KBW) and appears as counsel before the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals. He sits as an arbitrator in international investment disputes and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He is author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and numerous academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, The Guardian and the New York Times.

His most recent books are East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (2016) (awarded the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne) and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (2020), also available as BBC and France Culture podcasts.

Taking us on a disturbing journey across international law, Philippe joins us to share the story of his latest publication, The Last Colony: A Tale of Exile, Justice and Britain’s Colonial Legacy:

After the Second World War, new international laws heralded an age of human rights and self-determination. Supported by Britain, these unprecedented changes sought to end the scourge of colonialism. But how committed was Britain?

The story illuminates the continuing horrors of colonial rule, the devastating impact of Britain's racist grip on its last colony in Africa, and the struggle for justice in the face of a crime against humanity. It is a tale about the making of modern international law and one woman's fight for justice, a courtroom drama and a personal journey that ends with a historic ruling

Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is Legal Director at Avaaz, a global movement to bring people-powered politics to decision making, and a trustee at the Environmental Law Foundation. He will reflect on the law’s role in transforming or perpetuating the existing order of things in times of crisis.

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