March 4, 2015

The Origins of Nuremberg

Kirsten Sellars, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, has published Founding Nuremberg: Innovation and Orthodoxy at the 1945 London Conference in Historical Origins of International Criminal Law (M. Bergsmo, W. L. Cheah, and P. Yi, eds.; Torkel Opsahl Academic Publisher, 2014).
Here is the abstract.

No document better conveys the roughness and expediency of the negotiations leading up to the tribunal at Nuremberg than the transcript of the four-power London Conference, held from 26 June to 2 August 1945. Their success was by no means assured: the Americans repeatedly threatened to walk out, the British fretted over German counter-charges, the French objected to crimes against peace, and the Soviets refused anything other than ad hoc charges. This was history in the making, and its making was an unedifying business.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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