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Conference on Global Visions of Justice

23. Sep. 2015

The conference “Contested Visions of Justice: Allied War Crimes Trials in a Global Context, 1943-1958” will take place at Boston College’s conference centre in Dublin from September 25-27. It is jointly organised by Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, leader of Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice”, Dr. Wolfgang Form (Marburg), Dr. Franziska Seraphim (Boston), and Dr. Barak Kushner (Cambridge).

Despite important differences in the war aims and conduct of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, war crimes trial policies emerged as globally connected domains of meting out justice that cut across the borders of nations, cultures, and continents. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to analyze and compare the transnational interconnections among the political, administrative, legal and social mechanisms of Allied transitional justice in the reshaping of the post-World War II world.

The keynote lecture on the first day will be given by William Schabas (Middlesex University London) who will speak about “London 1941-1944: Conceiving the Permanent International Criminal Court”. The conference further features panels on “International Collaboration in Administering War Crimes Trials”, “Competing Notions of Criminality in Comparison”, “Cold War and Civil Wars as Contexts for Defining “Justice”, and “Post-trial Negotiations for Clemency and Release”.

This conference has largely been funded by the German Historical Institute in Washington and Boston College. Its organisers are Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, a historian leading the research group “Transcultural Justice” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”; Dr. Wolfgang Form, political scientist and coordinator of the International Center for the Research and Documentation of War Crimes Trials at the University of Marburg; Dr. Franziska Seraphim, a Japanese historian at Boston College; and Dr. Barak Kushner, Cambridge University, a Japanese historian and senior lecturer, leading an ERC funded research project on “War Crimes and Empire”.

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