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The Trial of the Kaiser

William A. Schabas


Today’s elaborate system of international criminal justice originates in proposals at the end of the First World War to try Kaiser Wilhelm II before an international criminal tribunal. In the weeks following 11 November 1918, the British, French, and Italian Governments agreed on a trial. Lloyd George campaigned for re-election on the slogan ‘Hang the Kaiser’. The Kaiser had fled to the Netherlands, possibly after receiving signals from the Dutch Queen that he would be welcome. Renegade US soldiers led by a former Senator failed in a bizarre attempt to take him prisoner and bring him to Paris. ... More

Keywords: Kaiser Wilhelm II, international justice, Treaty of Versailles, war crimes, First World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Schabas, author
Professor of International Law, Middlesex University in London