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The Nuremberg Roles of Justice Robert H. Jackson

Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Vol. 6, pp. 511-525, 2007

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-001

17 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2011  

John Q. Barrett

St. John's University School of Law; Robert H. Jackson Center

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

During 1945-1946, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson served, by appointment of President Truman, as U.S. chief prosecutor at Nuremberg of the principal surviving Nazi war criminals. This article, based on a lecture at Washington University’s conference on the 60th anniversary of that trial before the International Military Tribunal (IMT), introduces Jackson the person and the public figure. It then considers some of the facets and roles that the Nuremberg trial year was in and for Jackson: the project’s importance; relevant background; ambition; self-sacrifice; commitment to law; innocence and optimism; constant recalibration; eloquent, effective voice; international diplomacy; the London Agreement and IMT Charter; dream (and nightmare) staffing; the Nuremberg indictment; life and work in Allied-occupied former Germany; building and prosecuting the case; effective trial work; vengeance foresworn; seeing the job through; and victory.

Keywords: Justice Robert H. Jackson, Nuremberg, International Military Tribunal, Nazi war crimes

Suggested Citation

Barrett, John Q., The Nuremberg Roles of Justice Robert H. Jackson (2007). Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Vol. 6, pp. 511-525, 2007; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1769826

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