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2019 Annual Meeting Speakers

Friday, April 12

Phil Reed OBE, Emeritus Director of the Churchill War Rooms, UK

  • Phil Reed, Director of the Churchill War Rooms from 1993 to 2016, expanded the Cabinet War Rooms and developed the Churchill Museum, opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005. While he is still very involved with the Churchill War Rooms and provides private tours, he now runs a museum consultancy agency, Phil Reed Museum Consulting. 

Professor Todd Landman and Professor Zoe Trodd

  • Talk Title: The Freedom Blueprint: Ending Modern Slavery by 2030
  • Professor Todd Landman the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of
    Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at the University of
    Nottingham. The main focus of his research has been the systematic
    comparative analysis of problems in the areas of development,
    democracy, and human rights including quantitative and qualitative
    political methodology. He is Executive Director of the Rights Lab,
    a University of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence researching
    modern slavery, and his current research focuses on methods for
    understanding what works to tackle slavery worldwide. He is originally
    from Pennsylvania.
  • Professor Zoe Trodd the Director of the Rights Lab, the world’s largest
    and leading group of modern slavery scholars. The Rights Lab's 100
    academics are delivering research to help end slavery by 2030. Her
    research focuses on strategies for ending slavery, including the use
    of testimonies and narratives by modern slavery survivors. She is a
    member of the Yale Modern Slavery Working Group, serves on the
    board of Historians Against Slavery, and was named in 2018 as one of
    UK’s Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers. She was based at Harvard
    University and Columbia University from 2001-2012.

Saturday, April 13

Philippe Sands QC

  • Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He appears before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and sits as an arbitrator at ICSID, the PCA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Philippe is the author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and several academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian.

    East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (Alfred Knopf/Weidenfeld & Nicolson) won the 2016 Baillie Gifford (formerly Samuel Johnson) Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne. The book is accompanied by a prizewinning BBC Storyville film, My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did. He is currently writing the sequel, which is the subject of his hit BBC podcast, The Ratline.

    Philippe is President of English PEN, and a vice president of the Hay Literary Festival. 

Dean's Address - Paul Sreenan SC

  • Paul Sreenan is a Senior Counsel practicing at the Irish Bar. He is also a member of the Bar of the State of New York, the Bar of Northern Ireland and the Bar of England and Wales. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1999. In the Academy he has served on the Board, the Admissions Committee and the State Chair Committee. He is also very much involved in the Academy’s Ireland Programme. In his spare time he enjoys (amongst other things) travel and flying private aircraft.
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