From environmental challenges to nationalism, what is the future of international law? Three of our brightest legal minds – Philippe Sands QC, a barrister and Professor of Law at University College London; Judith Levine, an independent arbitrator and formerly Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague; and Julian Burnside QC, a Melbourne barrister with a particular interest in human rights cases – discuss law in a world on the edge. Hear their insights into climate change, genocide in Myanmar, colonialism in Chagos Islands, refugees, and the future of world trade and investment, with ABC Radio’s Eleanor Hall.

Philippe Sands (International)

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister. He is author of Lawless World and Torture Team and numerous academic books. His last book, East West Street won numerous prizes, including the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Prix Montaigne. His new book is The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, follows a 10-part BBC podcast and radio series. He is President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival.

Judith Levine (Australian)

Judith Levine

Judith Levine is an independent international arbitrator based in Sydney, sitting in cases in Singapore, Switzerland, France and the UK. Previously, she served as senior legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Many of the complex legal disputes she has worked on and written about have been at the cutting edge of international law, including cases related to law of the sea, corruption and ethics, sports law, climate change, and business and human rights.

Julian Burnside (Australian)

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside QC is a Melbourne barrister specialising in commercial litigation. He is a former president of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees. He is the author of Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice, Wordwatching, Watching Brief, and Matilda and the Dragon. He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps, published as From Nothing to Zero. In 2004, he was elected as a Living National Treasure, and in 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2014, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

Eleanor Hall (Australian)

Eleanor Hall

Eleanor Hall is host of The World Today, and occasionally fills in as host on ABC TV's The Drum. She has two decades of reporting experience with ABC TV News, including working on 7.30, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. She was the ABC's Washington correspondent in the late 1990s and she worked for five years in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery. Prior to joining the ABC, Eleanor freelanced for US National Public Radio from Central America and worked at WGBH in Boston as the youngest ever recipient of the Harkness Fellowship. She earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, and has been a fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute where she submitted a paper on the Obama e-campaign. In 2012, she won the European Union’s Journalism Award.