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Workshop on "Transcultural Justice"

Jun 27, 2013

"Transcultural Justice: Decolonization and Cold War and its Impact on War Crimes Trials and International Law after 1945” was the title of a workshop held from June 27 to 28 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It was organised by Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice".

Focusing on the War Crimes Trials planning and its outcome in East Asia and Europe, the workshop dealt with the movements of legal personnel and concepts associated with the trials. The speakers talked on various sites of construction of international law in a landscape of weakening European empires and upcoming Asian powers.

The workshop was divided into five sessions: Colonial Legal Encounters, with a special focus on India, War Crimes Trials Policy between Europe and Asia (especially the UN War Crimes Commission and the Chinese policy), Soviet War Crimes Policy and different Case Studies from South-east Asia, amongst them Indonesia, Indochina and the Philippines. Special emphasize was given to biographical sketches. The workshop´s underlying argument is that colonialism and decolonization lie at the very centre of the genesis of conceptual vocabularies of international law. 

The workshop took place on June 27 from 2 to 7 pm and on June 28 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. It was held at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.

The Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice" examines the interaction between War Crimes trials policy in Europe and Asia after 1945. It is coordinated by Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.


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