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International Symposium on “Rethinking Justice”

Oct 31, 2014

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Leader of Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice” at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, organised an international symposium on “Rethinking Justice? Decolonization, Cold War, and Asian War Crimes Trials after 1945”. The event took place from October 26 to 29 at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH).

At the symposium, about 20 scholars from all over the world discussed the war crimes trials in Asia, which were a watershed moment marking the demise of an old political-legal order (defined by European hegemony) and the advent of a new, anti-imperial one (based on contestations between the American and Soviet blocs and the rise of postcolonial nation-states). The trials themselves served as critically significant sites for producing new visions of legality and political legitimation which would mark this period of transition. In this conference, the particular focus was on the planning of the war crimes trials, their impact on global politics, and on the movements of legal personnel and concepts associated with the trials. The symposium took place at IWH Heidelberg.

The organiser Dr. Kerstin von Lingen leads the Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1945-1954”. Her research foci are transnational and global history, war crimes trials in Europe and Asia, and the history of the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Within the group she is supervising the doctoral projects of Anja Bihler, Valentyna Polunina, Ann-Sophie Schoepfel, and Lisette Schouten. Furthermore, Milinda Banerjee is pursuing his post-doctoral research with the group.

For the detailed programme visit the conference website

Download the conference poster

Read the press release (in German language)


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