War Crimes and Trials: A Primary Source Guide, 1st Edition

  • James Larry Taulbee
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  • ISBN-10: 1440838011
  • ISBN-13: 9781440838019
  • DDC: 341.6
  • 408 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released May 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This book analyzes the evolution of war crime trials through primary sources. Beginning with a general discussion of why regulations for war have evolved, it then illustrates the resulting changes in the nature and consequences of war as well as attitudes toward war as a part of international life. Moreover, it contextualizes contemporary rules that pertain to both international and non-international armed conflicts. The heart of the book focuses on 12 World War II cases central to the development of war law over the next 50 years, including the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials of major war criminals. It additionally dedicates discussion to the evolution of the law after World War II as set in motion by the United Nations, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and amendments, the background and operation of the ad hoc international criminal courts, and the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court, illustrating problems and successes through 12 cases drawn from these four courts.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Prelude: Purposes and Plan of the Book.
Abbreviations and Legal Terms.
1: What Is a War Crime?.
2: World War I: Leipzig.
3: Between World War I and World War II.
4: World War II.
5: Anton Dostler Case.
6: German Concentration and Extermination Camps.
7: Zyklon B Trial.
8: Belsen Trial.
9: Buchenwald Trial.
10: The Malmedy Massacre Trial.
11: The Nuremberg Trial.
12: Allied Control Council Law No. 10.
13: The Medical Case (Doctors' Trial): United States v. Karl Brandt, et al..
14: Einsatzgruppen Case: United States of America v. Otto Ohlendorf, et al..
15: Tokyo War Crimes Trial.
16: General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
17: Khabarovsk War Crime Trial.
18: The Eichmann Trial.
19: My Lai Massacre: Vietnam War.
20: Updating the Rules of War After World War II.
21: The Genocide Convention.
22: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
23: Duško Tadić Trial.
24: Slobodan Milošević.
25: Radovan Karadžić.
26: Trial of Radislav Krstić.
27: Croatia, Operation Storm, and Ante Gotovina.
28: Rwanda: The Genocide.
29: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Jean-Paul Akayesu.
30: Prosecutor v. Théoneste Bagosora, et al. (The Military Trial 1).
31: Prosecutor v. Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Ferdinand Nahimana, and Hassan Ngeze.
32: The Special Court for Sierra Leone: The Charles Taylor Trial.
33: The International Criminal Court.
34: Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.
35: Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo.
About the Author.