Peking University International Law Institute and FICHL seek to explore and crystallise the sub-discipline of history of international criminal law by bringing together leading experts from around the world for a two-day conference on 28 February and 1 March 2014. Based on these conference proceedings, we will produce a comprehensive volume on which trials, treaty provisions, national laws, declarations or other acts of States, and publications constitute the significant building blocks of contemporary international criminal law, and why that is so. By pursuing research and discourse on the history of international criminal law, the organisers aspire to generate new knowledge, broaden the common hinterland to international criminal law, and further consolidate this relatively young discipline of international law.


Paper proposals are invited before 1 May 2013 on clearly identified building blocks in the history of international criminal law, including but not restricted to:
The 1474 trial of Count Hagenbach;
the 1863 Lieber Code;
the 1898 Crete International and National Trials by Great Powers;
the Versailles Treaty: WWI Commission on the Responsibility of the Authors of War;
the Versailles Treaty: the Leipzig trials (45 trials at Leipzig) and Istanbul (Allies put pressure on Turkey to try perpetrators; 200 court-martialed);
League of Nation efforts: High Court of International Justice;
the United Nations War Crimes Commission;
the London Agreement, the Charter of the International Military Tribunal, Indictment, Judgment;
the Tokyo Trial;
Control Council Law No. 10 (Allied prosecutions conducted pursuant to this);
Post-WWII trials individually conducted by Allied Powers/local authorities pursuant to different national frameworks (UK, US, Australia, China, Philippines, Germany);
the Nuremberg Principles;
the 1948 Genocide Convention;
the 1949 Geneva Conventions;
domestic prosecutions;
the 1973 International Crimes Act of Bangladesh;
United Nations Security Council resolutions 808 and 827 (1993); ICTY Statute and case law; ICTR Statute and case law; and
the International Law Commission’s work on the establishment of a permanent international criminal court.


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