Tuesday, November 22, 2005

What an interesting thought...

What an interesting thoughts from Scott Horton at Balkinization: Nuremberg at Sixty: Is Jackson's Poisoned Chalice Now at Bush's Lips?

The post is short, but I'm not going to post it all...but here is a taste:

For the last twenty years, it’s been common practice among law professors to view modern human rights law, and in a sense the entire international law system, as something that started with the gavel that convened the first of the Nuremberg criminal tribunals. That gavel fell sixty years ago today. These tribunals gave force to the concept that international law was not just about relations between nations. International law also created obligations for individuals, who could be subject to trial and severe sanction. America was the most aggressive proponent of this course, and the American prosecutor, Justice Robert Jackson, was extremely conscious of what this meant for his country. “We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our lips as well.”

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