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Philippe Sands QC to attend ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Nuremberg Trials

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Prof. Philippe Sands QC

Philippe Sands QC will attend the ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Nuremberg Trials, held in Courtroom 600, the historical site of the Trials. Commenting on the event, Philippe said:

“It is a great privilege to be in Nuremberg’s Courtroom 600 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Nuremberg trials, the moment when our modern rules of international criminal justice came into being. My grandfather, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, could hardly have imagined that his grandson might, seventy five years later, share a stage with the President of Germany in this remarkable room.

75 years ago, when the Nuremberg Trial opened in Courtroom 600, ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ and modern international criminal justice came into being. On justice and the idea of an international rule of law, and an end to impunity for mass atrocity, all roads lead to Nuremberg. Imperfect perhaps, it is a slim silver lining to mark the most terrible of times, one that offers a ray of hope to make the world a better place, a moment to be commemorated and nurtured. But for Nuremberg, there would have been no Yugoslav or Rwanda tribunals, no International Criminal Court, no Convention against Genocide, no arrest of Senator Pinochet, no case at the International Court of Justice to protect the Rohingya of Myanmar.”

For more information about the event please see here.