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The Development Of International Criminal Law

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The Tokyo and Nuremberg trials planted two issues firmly on the international agenda, first the question of which crimes are of sufficient significance to the international community that the community regards itself as having a stake in their suppression, and second the question of the procedural mechanism to be adopted to achieve this end. After the Nuremberg trials, the United Nations General Assembly instituted two overlapping international criminal law projects in the International Law Commission, the arm of the organization concerned with codification and progressive development of international law. One project aimed at conceptualizing a broad category of serious crimes to be known as 'Offences against the Peace and Security of Mankind'. The other was to imagine the structure for a permanent criminal court.

Keywords: international criminal law; Nuremberg trials; offences; peace



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