Victors' Justice

Victors' Justice : From Nuremberg to Baghdad

By (author) Danilo Zolo , Translated by Sara Benjamin


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"Victors' Justice" is a potent and articulate polemic against the manipulation of international penal law as an instrument of Western hegemony, combining historical detail, juridical precision and philosophical analysis. Zolo's key thesis is that contemporary international law functions as a two-track system: a made-to-measure law for the hegemons and their allies, on the one hand, and a punitive regime for the losers and the disadvantaged, on the other. Though it constantly advertised its impartiality and universalism, international law served to bolster and legitimise, ever since the Tokyo and Nuremberg trials, a fundamentally unilateral, asymmetrical and unequal international order.

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • 02 Nov 2009
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • 1844673170
  • 9781844673179
  • 505,529

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Author Information

Danilo Zolo is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the University of Florence. He is the author of several books, including Democracy and Complexity (1992), Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government (1996), and Invoking Humanity: War, Law and Global Order and he has been widely translated.

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"This is a powerful and well-argued book. All those who believe in the justice of humanitarian military intervention and the legality of the enforcement of human rights by international tribunals should read it. It will force them to think whether they are right." Paul Hirst, Birkbeck College, University of London "Danilo Zolo has written a brilliantly provocative and fascinating critique of US-led NATO strategy in the Balkans that is a troubling indictment of all aspects of 'humanitarian diplomacy'." Richard Falk, Princeton University"

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