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The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law$
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Kevin Jon Heller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554317.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law

Kevin Jon Heller

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins by discussing the surprising lack of scholarly literature on the Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT) trials and the complete absence of a book that discusses the jurisprudence of all twelve trials. It then highlights the importance of the trials in comparison to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, emphasizing the significant number of legal issues addressed by the tribunals and the trials' foregrounding of the Holocaust. Next, it explains why the history of the NMT trials is the history of the beginning of the Cold War. Finally, each of the book's sixteen chapters is summarized.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Cold War, Telford Taylor, medical trial, jurisprudence, Nuremberg Military Tribunals

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