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Workshop on Tokyo’s Transnational Histories

Dec 10, 2015

The 70th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East at Tokyo (IMTFE), which took place from May 1946 to November 1948, was the topic of an international workshop with the title "Law, Biography, and a Trial: Tokyo’s Transnational Histories". It was organized by JRG Transcultural Justice under Dr. Kerstin von Lingen and took place at IWH on December 6 and 7, 2015.

Trials have often been perceived as scenes of intense political contestations. However this scholarly focus on politics has often ignored the ‘human’ element in law. Eleven Judges and their Prosecution teams in Tokyo were constrained by their respective national policies, but they also often displayed powerful individual voices in basic questions of legal ethics. The different contributors will critically reflect on the manner in which a transnational biographical focus enhances understanding about the transcultural challenges for judges and lawyers from multiple nations in a particularly important legal-political arena after World War II.

The workshop programme featured a film screening of the Japanese documentary "Inside the Tokyo Tribunal" on the first evening. A number of invited guest speakers came from Great Britain, Canada, USA, and Japan.

The event was organised by Dr. Kerstin von Lingen and her Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice".

For more information visit the workshop website


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