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1996 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15–19 April 1996

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Memoranda of meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-19 April 1996.

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The Proposed International Criminal Court

The idea that the international community should create a judicial body to exercise criminal jurisdiction over individuals, as opposed to states, has a lengthy history. It will suffice for present purposes to recall that “it became an issue in international relations after 1945, partly due to the conviction that major war crimes or crimes against humanity should not go unpunished, partly due to a felt need to meet criticisms of the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials as victors justice, imposed ad hoc on the vanquished after the event”. The post-war political climate was not, however, conducive to the development of such a radical proposal and it was put to one side in the early 1950s.

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