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The Nuremberg Trials: International Criminal Law Since 1945 /
Die Nürnberger Prozesse: Völkerstrafrecht seit 1945

60th Anniversary International Conference /
Internationale Konferenz zum 60. Jahrestag

On behalf of Raful, Lawrence

Ed. by Reginbogin, Herbert R. / Safferling, Christoph

In coop. with Hippel, Walter R.


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    The Nuremberg Trials: for the first time in human history, business, political and military elites were brought before an international tribunal for war crimes. Since the Nuremberg Trials finished, repeated attempts have been made to establish international criminal justice along the lines of the model, but not without meeting considerable resistance. 60 years after the trials of the main German war criminals, the articles in this book attempt to assess the Nuremberg Trials from a historical and legal point of view, and to illustrate connections, contradictions and consequences. In view of the constantly reoccurring reports of mass crimes from all over the world, we have only reached the halfway point in the quest for an effective system of international criminal justice. With the legacy of Nuremberg in mind, this volume is a contribution to the search for answers to questions of how the law can be applied effectively and those committing crimes against humanity be brought to justice for their actions. This collection of essays contains 33 contributions to an academic conference held in July 2005 in Nuremberg. The authors include historical witnesses, such as Whitney R. Harris, a member of the Nuremberg prosecution team, and Gabriel Bach, prosecutor at the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem. The scope of the book ranges from the historical and theoretical background to the effects of the modern international criminal law. To make the papers read at the bilingual conference easier for academics, students and all interested readers to access, each essay has a summary in either English or German.

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    "Möge der gesamte bewegende Band dazu beitragen, Antworten auf die grundlegende Frage zu finden, wie Menschenrechtsverbrecher für ihre Taten zur Verantwortung gezogen werden können, wenn schon der Menschheit nicht gelingt, Verbrechen des Menschen gegen den Menschen insgesamt zu verhüten."
    Gerhard Köbler in: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 127/2010

    "Insgesamt gelingt es dem Sammelband, das Thema der Nürnberger Prozesse und deren Bedeutung für das Völkerstrafrecht mit einer erstaunlichen Spannbreite zu erfassen, ohne die innere Spannung zu verlieren. Der Band ist eine Fundgrube für historisch und völkerstrafrechtlich interessierte Leser, die Lektüre der Beiträge ist durchweg anregend."
    Prof. Dr. Bernd Grzeszick in: Archiv des Völkerrechts Nr. 45, 2007

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