International lawyer Philippe Sands enthralled a Brisbane audience at the State Library when he discussed his new book at the launch of the 2016 Integrity 20 program this week (August 30).
East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity is part historical detective story, part family history and part legal thriller. Professor Sands deftly weaved interconnecting stories between the past and present in conversation with host Madonna King.
The book explores the origins of international law and begins and ends with the last day of the Nuremberg trials.
Sands’s appearance coincided with the Integrity 20 program launch –Age of Insecurities. Integrity 20 will bring together philosophers, ethicists, activists, journalists, artists and academics to discuss matters of global importance.
Issues such as the global refugee crisis, killer robots, free speech, politics and power and terrorism will be explored.
Professor Paul Mazerolle, Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education & Law) said the event was underpinned by the overarching theme of global uncertainty and insecurities.
“The idea behind Integrity 20 is to foster public debate and discussion on issues that address pressing issues for society. There has never been a more critical time to have these discussions,” he said.
Integrity 20 will be held from October 24 to 26 at the Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank.