International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

The Legacy of Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Trials were a subject of a book review in the NYT.  Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohhamed was written by WIlliam Shawcross, a British author whose father, Hartley Shawcross, was the British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.  Shawcross’ book examines the rule of law in the post 9/11 world and the impact of the Nuremberg Trials.

Our class had discussed the Nuremberg Trials as the beginning of International Justice as an institution.  The trials were focused on making sure they were not for show, and to make sure that the rule of law would remain even in the face of a chaotic situation.  Shawcross tries to connect that with contemporary situations and examines the difficult decisions that have to be made when prosecuting violations of international law.


One response to “The Legacy of Nuremberg

  1. lemster900 February 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    The Nuremberg Tribunals were a major step toward international justice. The Goldsmith article draws an interesting comparison to contemporary international justice and the United States’ role in it. While the U.S. has remained unwilling to sign the ICC, it has no problem being involved with and implementing the type of justice exemplified in the Nuremberg Tribunals. The type of example set forth by the Nuremberg Tribunals is an important one that the U.S. seems to be trying to learn from. As the article states, the Nuremberg trials set the Allied powers apart by not indiscriminately punishing people, but instead delivering a brand of justice that was effective, and could be respected as a valid legal precedent in the years to follow (Goldsmith, 2012). The legitimacy of the justice set forth by the Nuremberg trials has impacted the manner in which the U.S. deals with war criminals today.

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