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Heidelberg-Cambridge Symposium

Feb 06, 2014

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen’s Junior Research Group was invited to participate at an international symposium on war crime trials at the University of Cambridge. The event took place at the Magdalene College from February 7-9, 2014.

The Heidelberg-Cambridge Symposium was hosted by Dr. Barak Kushner’s ERC-funded research team at the University of Cambridge “The Dissolution of the Japanese Empire and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Postwar East Asia, 1945–1965”.

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen is Junior Research Group Leader of Junior Research Group A16 “Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1946-1954”. She was accompanied by PhD candidates Lisette Schouten, Anja Bihler and Valentyna Polunina who presented preliminary findings and discuss the legacy of war crime trials after 1945 in East Asia with their colleagues.

JRG A16 aims to examine the interaction between war crime trials policy in Europe and Asia after 1945. The analysis focuses on the Legal Committee of the United Nations War Crimes Commission in London and the Sub-Commission for the Far East at Chongking, as well as on selected case studies of prosecution in East Asia (Dutch/French case, Sino-Soviet legal relations). Central research focus of this project is to analyse the interaction of concepts of legality and justice between Asia and Europe during the War Crimes Trials program in various countries in East Asia between 1945 and 1954, taking into account the legal proceedings, the role of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, as well as the political implications emanating from Decolonization and Cold War considerations.


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