Annual event explores justice after the Holocaust with international thought leader Prof Philippe Sands

November 1, 2021 by Community Editor
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Prof. Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and practising barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Philippe Sands

He is also an award-winning author of The Ratline (2020), East West Street (2016) Torture Team (2008) and Lawless World (2005), and contributor to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian. In September 2022, he will publish his next book, The Last Colony.

Prof. Philippe Sands says that he is excited to reconnect with the Jewish Holocaust Centre, and his oration will explore the ways characters from East West Street and The Ratline inspire him, “to protect and strengthen the ideals of decency and the rule of law.”

Jewish Holocaust Centre Museum Director & CEO Jayne Josem says, “Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Judgment, we invite you to hear from an international law expert about the relevance of crimes against humanity in the world today.”

For Prof. Philippe Sands QC, the main challenge of post-Holocaust justice is, “Reminding people that no one is above the law. We are in this together. A global and multilateral approach is the right way forward.”

The annual Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration connects Melbourne audiences with leading Holocaust specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust within a global context. Previous keynote speakers include Dr Stephen D. Smith, Professor Michael Berenbaum, Paul Salmons and Emeritus Professor Dr Konrad Kwiet.

Josem comments that “Prof. Philippe Sands is a renowned storyteller who weaves together personal accounts and legal concepts to provoke thought about the notion of justice for mass crimes.” In 2016, Chambers Global regarded Prof. Philippe Sands as, “Very prominent, influential, extremely good and one of the big names of his age.” The Chambers Directory also commended him as, “a wonderful orator.”

Following the success of an online Oration last year, audiences around Australia can live stream and connect with this prestigious annual event. Audiences can register for FREE tickets at:

The Oration follows a collection of events this year by the Jewish Holocaust Centre, exploring post-Holocaust justice and judgement. Most recently, in October, the Jewish Holocaust Centre hosted an online panel with key players of the Ivan Polyukhovich trial, the only Holocaust war

crimes trial in Australia.

“We’re looking at all aspects of post-war justice this year,” says Josem. “We are here to educate and enlighten.”


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