207 THE NUREMBERG AND TOKYO TRIALS: 50 YEARS LATER Igor I. Lukashuk Professor of Law, Institute of State and Law, Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation, Moscow A half-century perspective permits us to determine with considerable ampli- tude the historical significance of the events which rang down the curtain on the Second World War. The significance of some of them has faded: that of others, on the contrary, emerges enhanced. The latter include the proceed- ings of the international military tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo. During the period of the "cold war", the significance of these proceedings was slighted. The victorious powers who dispensed justice themselves committed crimes of the kind contemplated by the charters of the military tribunals. Remember the aggression by the United States in Vietnam and its interventions in the countries of Latin America, the invasion by the Soviet Union of Afghanistan and its interventions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the British and French attack on Egypt. All of this could not but impede the effectuation of the Nuremberg principles in policy and law, although in words they continued to be paid lip service. The end of the "cold war" and the need to build
Review of Central and East European Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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