The Tokyo International Military Tribunal

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9780199278527: The Tokyo International Military Tribunal

The Tokyo International Military Tribunal (IMT) is not frequently discussed in the literature on international criminal law, and it is often thought that it was little more (and possibly less) than a footnote to the Nuremberg proceedings. This work seeks to dispel this widely-held belief, by showing the way in which the Tokyo IMT was both similar and different to its Nuremberg counterpart, the extent to which the critiques of the Tokyo IMT have purchase, and the Tribunal's contemporary relevance. The book also shows how the IMT needs to be treated, not just as one overarching entity, but also as being made up of different sets of people, who made up the prosecution, the defense and the judges. These different groups disagreed with each other, at times over the way in which the trial should proceed, and the book shows how each had an impact on the proceedings.

The book is a comprehensive legal analysis of the Tokyo IMT, covering its law, theory, practice and the lessons it may teach to those prosecuting and defending international crimes today. It also places the trial in its political and historical context. The work is based in part of extensive archival research undertaken by the authors, which has unearthed large quantities of documents that have previously been ignored by those who have studied the Tribunal.

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About the Author:

Robert Cryer is Reader in International and Criminal Law at the University of Nottingham Neil Boister is Associate Professor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch


[This book provides a] meticulous analysis of the material...[and] a detailed and nuanced analysis of the legal issues arising from th[e] trial. * Kirsten Sellars, Global Law Books * This meticulously well-researched, well-structured and generally well-written book certainly deserves a wide readership not just among its primary target audience of international lawyers, but also among students of Japanese history, politics and law. * Richard Nottage and Luke Nottage, New Zealand Yearbook of International Law * This reappraisal of the Tokyo IMT is an outstanding scholarly effort and well-worth the hefty price tag for any scholar, jurist, practitioner or institution interested in building its expertise in the area of international criminal law. Boister and Cryer are to be commended for providing a much needed addition to the literature... * The Modern Law Review 72 (2) *

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