Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London. His most recent book is Torture Team. (September 2010)

  • Before the Nazis: A Ukrainian City's Contested Past

    May 30, 2012

    Tucked away in the far western corner of present-day Ukraine, the city of Lviv defies expectations. Far smaller than Kiev, it was a closed city during the Soviet period from 1945 to 1991, and even today remains relatively little known. Yet in the early twentieth century, it was home to a roughly equal number of Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews and as a result the city played a special and largely unrecognized part in shaping our modern international system of human rights. I have been spending time in Lviv, exploring its remarkable but largely unknown legal history.