The Tokyo Trial and Beyond

The Tokyo Trial and Beyond : Reflections of a Peacemonger

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This book provides a unique insider's view of the International Military Tribunal at the end of the Second World War and reflects on the nature and limits of international law in more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 10.4mm | 268.73g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 074561485X
  • 9780745614854
  • 996,714

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This book is an outstanding document and account of the International Military Tribunal that took place in Tokyo at the end of World War Two. As in the Nuremburg Trial, the leaders of Japan were accused of crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, as well as war crimes. The book takes the form of an extended interview with one of the eleven international judges who took part in the Tokyo Trial, the eminent Dutch jurist and professor of law, B. V. A. Roling. Antonio Cassese conducted a series of interviews with Professor Roling concerning the aims, conduct and consequences of the Tokyo Trial, and concerning the role of aggression and the prospects for peace in the modern world. The resulting book provides a unique, insider's view of one of the most important trials in history. It is also a brilliant reflection on the idea of individual responsibility for crimes of state, on the difference between Japanese and Western attitudes to guilt and crimes against humanity, and on the nature and limits of international law in controlling the use of more

About Antonio Cassese

Antonio Cassese has represented Italy on several United Nations commissions and on the Council of Europe. His previous books include Human Rights in a Changing World (Polity, 1990) and Terrorism, Politics and Law (Polity, 1989). Professor B. V. A. Roling sadly died in more

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'A stunning publication, both for the boldness of conception and for the inherent interest and renewed relevance of the perspective.' Richard Falk, Princeton University 'Combines the spontaneity of a discussion with a good insight into the subject-matter of the Tokyo Trial. It gives a highly readable account of the trial for those who are interested in international law but lack the time or inclination to consult the twenty two volumes.' Netherlands International Law Review 'It eloquently depicts the original and perceptive insights of Judge Roling concerning the Tokyo trial and is a most valuable contribution to the sparse literature in English on the topic.' The Journal of Asian Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. The Tokyo Trial. 2. Aggression and Other International Crimes. 3. Strategies for Peace. 4. A "Miserable International Law"?. more

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