A New Architecture of Justice: Dan Kiley's Design for the Nuremberg Trials’ Courtroom
31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2018 Last revised: 26 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 19, 2018
Courtroom 600 in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is one of the most iconic sites in the history of international criminal law. Yet the extensive literature on Courtroom 600 neglects the original 1945 drawings of the architect Dan Kiley, now in the archives of the Harvard Design School. This article revises our understanding of Courtroom 600 in light of these drawings. Among other findings it argues that Kiley, rather than Jackson or the OSS, was the main source of design decisions; that the secondary literature overemphasises film at the expense of architecture; and that the design of both Courtroom 600 and the entire reconstructed Palace of Justice offer valuable insights into this key moment in the history of international law.
Keywords: Nuremberg trials, architecture of justice, Dan Kiley, international criminal law
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