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The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law


ISBN13: 9780199554317
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £83.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780199668168



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This book provides the first comprehensive legal analysis of the twelve war crimes trials held in the American zone of occupation between 1946 and 1949, collectively known as the Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMTs).

The judgments the NMTs produced have played a critical role in the development of international criminal law, particularly in terms of how courts currently understand war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression.

The trials are also of tremendous historical importance, because they provide a far more comprehensive picture of Nazi atrocities than their more famous predecessor, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg (IMT). The IMT focused exclusively on the 'major war criminals'-the Goerings, the Hesses, the Speers.

The NMTs, by contrast, prosecuted doctors, lawyers, judges, industrialists, bankers-the private citizens and lower-level functionaries whose willingness to take part in the destruction of millions of innocents manifested what Hannah Arendt famously called 'the banality of evil'.

The book is divided into five sections. The first section traces the evolution of the twelve NMT trials. The second section discusses the law, procedure, and rules of evidence applied by the tribunals, with a focus on the important differences between Law No. 10 and the Nuremberg Charter. The third section, the heart of the book, provides a systematic analysis of the tribunals' jurisprudence.

It covers Law No. 10's core crimes-crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity-as well as the crimes of conspiracy and membership in a criminal organization. The fourth section then examines the modes of participation and defenses that the tribunals recognized. The final section deals with sentencing, the aftermath of the trials, and their historical legacy.

Subjects:
International Criminal Law
Contents:
Introduction
1: The Origins of the Zonal Trials
2: The OCC and the Tribunals
3: The Evolution of the Trial Program
4: The Trials
5: Jurisdiction and Legal Character of the Tribunals
6: Evidence
7: Procedure
8: Crimes Against Peace
9: War Crimes
10: Crimes Against Humanity
11: Modes of Participation
12: Conspiracy, Common Plan, and Criminal Membership
13: Defenses
14: Sentencing
15: Aftermath
16: Legacy
Conclusion
Appendix A: Table of Defendants, Charges, Verdicts, and Sentences
Appendix B: The London Charter
Appendix C: Law No.
10
Appendix D: Military Ordinance No.
7
Appendix E: Uniform Rules of Procedure.