9781107028845

"Crimes Against Peace" and International Law

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107028845

  • ISBN10:

    1107028841

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/22/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

In 1946, the judges at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg declared 'crimes against peace' - the planning, initiation or waging of aggressive wars - to be 'the supreme international crime'. At the time, the prosecuting powers heralded the charge as being a legal milestone, but it later proved to be an anomaly arising from the unique circumstances of the post-war period. This study traces the idea of criminalising aggression, from its origins after the First World War, through its high-water mark at the post-war tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo, to its abandonment during the Cold War. Today, a similar charge - the 'crime of aggression' - is being mooted at the International Criminal Court, so the ideas and debates that shaped the original charge of 'crimes against peace' assume new significance and offer valuable insights to lawyers, policy-makers and scholars engaged in international law and international relations.

Table of Contents

The emergence of the idea of aggression
The quest for control
The creation of a crime
Innovation and orthodoxy at Nuremberg
The Allies and an ad hoc charge
The elimination of Japanese militarism
Questions of self-defence
Divisions on the bench at Tokyo
The uncertain legacy of crimes against peace
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