is a Franco-British lawyer at Matrix Chambers, and Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. A specialist in international law, he appears as counsel and advocate before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of Sea, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.
Sands serves on the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
He is the author of sixteen books on international law, including Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008). His latest book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, published by Alfred Knopf (US) and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) in May 2016, was awarded the 2016 Baille Gifford (Samuel Johnson) Prize. East West Street has also been short-listed for the 2016 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, and long listed for the 2016 Cundill Prize.