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'Tainted Justice' at the Tokyo Tribunal: The Defence Responds to the Charges

October 26, 2018, 5:30pm BST - 7:00pm
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

17 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DR
United Kingdom

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Speaker: Dr Kirsten Sellars (Australian National University/Institute for Advanced Legal Studies)

At the post-war Tokyo Tribunal, the Allied powers charged Japanese leaders with ‘crimes against peace’ — waging aggressive war. The defence teams faced an uphill struggle. They had been given the task of defending ministers and generals who had either orchestrated or failed to prevent assaults on Manchuria, China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. And yet for reasons not entirely of their own making, they were not only able to marshal adequate arguments against ‘crimes against peace’ charges, but also, occasionally, to turn the tables on the prosecuting powers. After the handing down of the majority judgment in November 1948, the prosecuting powers deemed the trial to have been a failure and closed the door against further prosecutions for international aggression.

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October 26, 2018, 3:00pm BST

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