Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Conversations With History: Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands; Professor of International Law, University College London

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal jurisdiction. 

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, War Crimes, Torture, 911, Laws of War
Philippe Sands
Publication date: 
November 17, 2008
Publication type: 
Conversations with History