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Topics in Int’l Criminal Law (A): Aggression

When the judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal handed down their decision against the German leaders in October 1946, they declared ‘crimes against peace’ – the initiation of aggressive wars – to be ‘the supreme international crime’. At the time, the charge was heralded as a legal milestone, but subsequent events revealed it to be a postwar anomaly. This module traces the ebb and flow of the idea of criminalising aggression – from its origins after the First World War, through its high-water mark at the postwar tribunals and its abandonment during the Cold War, to its recent revival at the International Criminal Court.

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