Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at the University College London, where he teaches public international law, the settlement of international disputes, and environmental and natural resources law. He is also the Director of the University's Center on International Courts and Tribunals, a member of the Center for Law and the Environment, and a key staff member for the Project on International Courts and Tribunals. Sands has lectured and held academic positions at many institutions, including the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne), University of Melbourne, and New York University. He is also the co-founder of the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development and a member of the advisory board for several law publications. As a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers, Sands has litigated cases before many international courts, including the International Court of Justice. His publications include Torture Team: Cruelty, Deception and the Compromise of Law and Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules. Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN, and has written frequently for leading newspapers around the world.