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The Birth of the New Justice: The Internationalization of Crime and Punishment, 1919-1950

Mark Lewis


The Birth of the New Justice explains the history of plans for ad hoc and permanent international criminal courts and new international criminal laws to repress aggressive war, war crimes, terrorism, and genocide. Rather than arguing that these legal projects were attempts by state governments to project a “liberal legalism” and create an international state system that limited sovereignty, the book shows that European jurists in a variety of transnational organizations developed their ideas due to diverse motives—liberal, conservative, utopian, humanitarian, nationalist, and part ... More

Keywords: War (International law)—History, International criminal courts—History—20th century, International criminal law—History—20th century, War crimes, Terrorism, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, Paris Peace Conference (1919), League of Nations—History, International Law Association, Association Internationale de Droit Pénal, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Jewish Congress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Lewis, author
Assistant Professor of History, College of Staten Island, City University of New York