Philippe Sands, born in 1960, is a barrister and Professor of International Law and the Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He is passionately committed to humanitarian goals and international law. Among other things, he formulated the charges against the Chilean dictator Pinochet. Sands himself has roots in L’viv, where most of his family was murdered during the war. His book East West Street was awarded the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize and the Wingate Literature Prize 2016 and was Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017.