Fall 3: Juristen vor Gericht, Recht auf dem Pruefstand und das Erbe der 'Zivilisation' (Case Three: Jurists on Trial, Law under Scrutiny, and the Legacy of 'Civilization')
Carleton University - Department of Law and Legal Studies
Kim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller, eds., NMT: Die Nuernberger Militaertribunale zwischen Geschichte, Gerechtigkeit und Rechtsschoepfung, Hamburg: HIS, 2013
The English Version of this paper can be found at:http://ssrn.com/abstract=1663024
What happens when judges judge judges? This paper examines the 1947 Altstoetter trial, the third of the thirteen trials in the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. It places the trial in the context of US and international legal history. It argues that the court's understanding of the law, the deeds, and the charges crucially depended on understanding the Nazi regime in the framework of barbarism and civilization: The Nazis appeared as 'hiccups of barbarism' (Zygmunt Bauman) in an otherwise civilized country.
Note: Downloadable document is in German.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Nuremberg, NMT, Altstoetter, Justice case, Crimes against Humanity, civilization, international law
Date posted: March 31, 2013