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')

Kim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller, eds., NMT: Die Nuernberger Militaertribunale zwischen Geschichte, Gerechtigkeit und Rechtsschoepfung, Hamburg: HIS, 2013

17 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2013  

Christiane Wilke

Carleton University - Department of Law and Legal Studies

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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.

Notes: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Nuremberg, NMT, Altstoetter, Justice case, Crimes against Humanity, civilization, international law

Suggested Citation

Wilke, Christiane, 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') (2013). Kim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller, eds., NMT: Die Nuernberger Militaertribunale zwischen Geschichte, Gerechtigkeit und Rechtsschoepfung, Hamburg: HIS, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2241222

Christiane Wilke (Contact Author)

Carleton University - Department of Law and Legal Studies ( email )

Department of Law, C 473 Loeb
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www2.carleton.ca/law/about/wilke.php

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