In this retrospective on a century of war crimes trials, Gerry Simpson will discuss the Nuremberg and Tokyo War trials, their antecedents at Versailles and in the crime of piracy, and developments since then in the field of international criminal law (Eichmann, Pinochet, Milosevic et al).
Professor Gerry Simpson FBA was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at LSE in January 2016. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne (2007-2015), the Australian National University (1995-1998) and LSE (2000-2007) and was an Open Society Fellow (based in Tbilisi, Georgia). He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) winner of the American Society of International Law’s Prize in 2005 and translated into several languages, and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity 2007). He has co-edited (with Kevin Jon Heller) Hidden Histories (Oxford, 2014), (with Raimond Gaita) Who’s Afraid of International Law? (Monash, 2017) and (with Matt Craven and Sundhya Pahuja) International Law and the Cold War (2019). Gerry’s current research projects include an ARC-funded project on Cold War International Law (with Matt Craven, SOAS) and Sundhya Pahuja, (Melbourne) (http://www.coldwarinternationallaw.org/), a counter-history of International Criminal Justice and a book about international law’s interior life (The Sentimental Life of International Law). Gerry is a Fellow of the British Academy.
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