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East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil is an acclaimed literary and music performance inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands’ prize-winning book East West Street, which explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity. Focusing on the remarkable, connected stories of his grandfather and three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials – Cambridge academic Hersch Lauterpacht, Polish prosecutor Raphael Lemkin and Hitler's lawyer Hans Frank – the performance is based on the words, images and music that connected the men, from Bach and Beethoven, to Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.

This extraordinary work is narrated by Philippe Sands and award-winning German actress Katja Riemann, accompanied by leading bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and renowned jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy. It is directed by one of Britain's leading young directors of opera, Nina Brazier.

FROM THE GUARDIAN: ' the trial proceeded, Lauterpacht would repair to listen to his favourite piece of music, from which he took inspiration for this onerous task: St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. Meanwhile, Frank, in his cell, discussed with the prison psychiatrist and summoned up in his head – seeking not only solace but affirmation – St Matthew Passion.'

Read more of The Guardian's piece on East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London. He is the author of the award-winning book East West Street,  Lawless World and Torture Team and is a frequent commentator on CNN and the BBC World Service. Sands lectures around the world and has taught at New York University and been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne, and the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne). In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He lives in London, England.


Directed by
Nina Brazier
Written by
Philippe Sands
Performed by
Katja Riemann, Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri and Guillaume de Chassy
In conjunction with Melbourne Law School


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Philippe Sands will also be giving a public lecture at Melbourne Law School on Tuesday 20 February at Melbourne Law School.