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Book VII The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and the Development and Role of International Criminal Tribunals, 31 International War Crimes Tribunals and the International Criminal Court

Ivor Roberts

From: Satow's Diplomatic Practice (6th Edition)

Edited By: Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 September 2023

War crimes
31.1 When the Nuremberg trial ended, it was thought that it might be a precedent for international trials in other contexts. Judge Robert Jackson, one of the Nuremberg prosecutors, said in his opening speech for the prosecution that ‘while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn, aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment’.1 Cold War divisions and other factors combined to make international agreement on an early successor to Nuremberg...
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