Journal Article

‘In general a principle of justice’

Thomas Weigend

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 10, issue 1, pages 41-58
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online February 2012 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqr057
‘In general a principle of justice’

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The Nuremberg judgment concerning the crime against peace failed to provide a persuasive argument that the convictions for this crime were in keeping with the principle nullum crimen sine lege and especially with the prohibition of ex post facto criminal law. For this reason, the contemporary response to the International Military Tribunal judgment in that respect, both in Germany and the United States, was predominantly critical. Vindication for the ‘Nuremberg revolution’ can be achieved only through a consistent application of the newly established principle that preparing for and waging an aggressive war is a criminal offence under international law. The so-called ‘Kampala compromise’ of 2010 is an important step in this direction.

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Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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