||Join two leading lawyers from the UK and Israel who specialise in international law and human rights, as they discuss the Jewish contribution to the creation of international legal frameworks, the rule of law in Israel, and why international law has come to be seen as the 'enemy' by Israel and Diaspora Jewish communities.
Professor Philippe Sands QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and professor of international law at University College London. He is the author of Lawless World (Penguin, 2005) and Torture Team (Penguin, 2008), and writes for the Guardian, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and the New York Review of Books. His new book, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf, is on the role of lawyers from Lemberg (now Lviv, formerly Lwow) in the development of international criminal law, including crimes against humanity and genocide.
Michael Sfard is the Israeli human rights and peace movementís leading lawyer. As Legal Advisor for Israeli Human Rights group Yesh Din, and for Peace Now's Settlement Watch project, Sfard has brought scores of human rights and land-use cases challenging Israelís policies in the Palestinian territories, and has handled numerous petitions concerning the Separation Barrier. Sfard is widely respected by judges and adversaries. Born in Jerusalem, Sfard completed his legal studies at the Hebrew University, and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University College London (UCL). Sfard served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a military paramedic.