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Published: 11 August 2016

360 Pages


ISBN: 9780198783251

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The Birth of the New Justice

The Internationalization of Crime and Punishment, 1919-1950

Mark Lewis

Oxford Studies in Modern European History

  • Winner of the 2015 Bronis/law Geremek Prize; Winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History 2013
  • Explains how World War I catalyzed the idea of international prosecution for war crimes, and why this idea was applied to many different types of crimes in the following decades
  • Analyzes the diverse reasons why legal and non-governmental organizations either supported or opposed international criminal courts
  • Challenges the idea that European jurists developed international criminal laws solely from liberal and humanitarian motives
  • Presents new information about the ideas and activism of jurists such as Nicholas Politis, Vespasien Pella, Henri Donnedieu de Vabres, Raphael Lemkin, Jacob Robinson, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Jean Graven