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IHL Book Club

Book club on the laws of war with Readings Bookstore

In 2021, Australian Red Cross is partnering with Readings to run a book club on the law and impact of war. The book club will meet online on the last Wednesday of every second month throughout 2021.

International humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war, is the body of law that applies during war to protect those who are not, or who are no longer participating in hostilities, and that seeks to limit the means and methods of warfare.

Our book club events are online and ticket entry is $5 per person, which is redeemable off your purchase of the book when buying online from the Readings website. Attendees will be sent a promo code to claim $5 off the price of the book when they are emailed the Zoom link before the event. Please note, the promo code is valid online only, for 24 hours, and not applicable in-store.

Upcoming events

Australian Red Cross and Readings Bookstore will host award-winning author Christie Lefteri in an online discussion about her thought-provoking, best-selling novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Time: 7:00pm


The Beekeeper of Aleppo tells the story of Nuri, a beekeeper, and his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in Aleppo, until their lives are uprooted and they are forced to flee. They embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own loss, but the dangers of their perilous journey. Above all, they must journey to find each other again. Powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. It is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

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Past events

26 May 2021 | Sophie McNeill and We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

On 28 May, we were joined by Sophie McNeill to discuss her book We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know. Her book features devastating and inspiring stories from people living in war zones and other situations of violence, recorded during Sophie’s time as a foreign correspondent.

Sophie is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, former ABC foreign correspondent and now researcher at Human Rights Watch. She was joined in conversation by Larry Maybee, Legal Adviser in International Humanitarian Law at Australian Red Cross and former Deputy Head of Regional Delegation in East Asia for the International Committee of the Red Cross, along with interviewer Rebecca Barber, researcher and consultatant in international law, human rights and humanitarian policy, PhD candidate with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, and member of the Victorian IHL Advisory Committee at Australian Red Cross.

31 March 2021 | Professor Philippe Sands and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

On 31 March, we were joined by Philippe Sands to discuss his book The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive about the disappearance of senior Nazi Otto Wächter.

In addition to being an author, Philippe Sands, is a Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College, London. Sands has acted as counsel and advocate in many high profile international law cases including trade and maritime boundary disputes and violations of international criminal law. He has written seventeen books on international law, the most popular being East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, which was written in 2016 and explores his own family history and the Nuremberg trials.