James Crawford Oration

'Why International Law Matters: Reflections on the Chagos Archipelago in Memory of James Crawford'

Professor Philippe Sands QC drew on his work with James Crawford and addressed the case before the International Court of Justice on the Chagos Archipelago, the decolonisation of Mauritius and the violations of international law occasioned by the deportation of the entire population of the Archipelago's islands between 1968 and 1973. He also addressed the role of Australia in the case and its continuing support for the refusal of the United Kingdom to end its illegal occupation of the Archipelago.

Professor Philippe Sands QC is a Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. Philippe appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals, sitting as an international arbitrator.

The author of many academic books on international law, Philippe is a regular contributor to major international newspapers.

Philippe is President of English PEN, one of the world's oldest human rights organisations, championing the freedom to write and read around the world. He is also a member of the Board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature.

Philippe met James Crawford in the late 1980s interacting on many cases before the ICJ and other international courts and tribunals. They collaborated on a multitude of academic projects and were co-founders of Matrix Chambers.

The Oration was held on Tuesday 2 November 2021, at the Adelaide Law School and online.