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Justice Betrayed: Post-1945 Responses to Genocide

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In 1998, the international community adopted the Rome Statute, which created the framework to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). This historic step in effect institutionalised the framework for international criminal justice, although it, too, is far from perfect. Another striking feature of post-war developments is the repetition of the international community's errors, shortcomings and amoral policies that characterised Allied policy before, during and immediately after the Nazi era. There are numerous echoes of the Nazi era in post-1945 crimes against humanity, genocide, wars of aggression and war crimes. In analysing these, it is hard not to conclude that the international community - and the individual governments of which it consists - has learned very little from the Holocaust; at least very little of practical value.

Keywords: Genocide; Holocaust; International Criminal Court (ICC); international criminal justice; Nuremberg trial; post-1945 crimes



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