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The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

Kevin Heller and Gerry Simpson


Several instances of war crimes trials are familiar to all scholars, but in order to advance understanding of the development of international criminal law, it is important to provide a full range of evidence from less-familiar trials. This book therefore provides a comprehensive overview, uncovering and exploring some of the lesser-known war crimes trials that have taken place in a variety of contexts: international and domestic, northern and southern, historic and contemporary. It analyses these trials with a view to recognizing institutional innovations, clarifying doctrinal debates, and id ... More

Keywords: war crimes trials, international criminal law, domestic law, historic context, institutional innovations, doctrinal debates, contemporary criminal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Heller, editor
Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Gerry Simpson, editor
Kenneth Bailey Chair of International Law, University of Melbourne

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1 History of Histories

Simpson Gerry

Part 1 Pre-Histories: From von Hagenbach to the Armenian Genocide

Part 2 European Histories I: Prosecuting Atrocity

7 The Bordeaux Trial

Frédéric Mégret

Part 3 European Histories II: Americans in Europe

Part 4 European Histories III: Contemporary Trials

10 Making Peace with the Past

Duramy Benedetta Faedi

12 Competing Histories

Liivoja Rain

13 Universal Jurisdiction

Selman-Ayetey Julia

Part 5 African Histories

14 Reading the Shadows of History

Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto

Part 6 Southern Histories

18 Dirty War Crimes

Peter D. Rush

Part 7 Histories of a Type: Excavating the Crime of Aggression

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