Lvivs Extraordinary Place in International Law Celebrated in London

The Western Ukrainian city of Lviv was the focal point of a talk by leading British lawyer Professor Phillipe Sands QC held at the London headquarters of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a top global law firm, on May 11th, 2011.  Prof Sands’ presentation entitled The Unexpected Place of Lviv in International Law focussed on some of the world’s Leading international lawyers of the twentieth century being born in Lviv.

The best legal minds of the XX century such as Louis SohnRafael Lemkin and Sir HerschLauterpacht all hail from Lviv.

During his presentation Prof Sands underlined: ‘…One thing is clear: Lviv, Lwow or Lemberg, has made a singular contribution to the creation and application of the modern international legal order. The city’s DNA is impregnated into modern international legal order. This could be a cause for pride and even celebration, even if not yet fully recorded. I hope the city’s contribution, and that of these pioneering international lawyers, might soon be embraced by modern Lviv, appropriately recorded by the Lviv University and by the city. Such an act would pay tribute to memory, and to justice.’

‘Professor Sands’ studies and research have opened an immense wealth of previously undocumented history about the role that Lviv has played over the past century in international law. It is wonderful that these facts are coming to light today and inspiring young and upcoming lawyers across Ukraine,’ commented Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.

Prof Sands first visited Lviv in autumn 2010, where he was invited to deliver a lecture at the Ukrainian Catholic University.