The Long Arm of International Law
By Pierre Leval | April 9, 2013 3:20 pm

In late 1945, the Allied victors of World War II established a military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, which convicted Nazi leaders for their wartime atrocities. The animating principle of the trials was that conduct of extreme inhumanity violated the part of international law that protects fundamental human rights, which applies everywhere, even though the conduct was authorized by German law under the Third Reich. Since then, the world has accepted that the worst human rights abuses — including genocide, slavery, torture, and war crimes — are crimes prohibited by international law, even if they are expressly permitted by the laws of the state in which they occur. (Read more)


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