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Gerd Hankel, The Leipzig Trials: German War Crimes and Their Legal Consequences after World War I (HB) 75.00

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The Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Hamburg, Germany

Published: 2014 - download a flyer for this book
hardbound ISBN 9789089791306; EUR 75; USD 99 (2014) 424 pp.
paperback ISBN 9789089791320; EUR 39; USD 49 (2014) 424 pp.

Human Rights Series, 4 (Library of Human Rights, 4)

About this book
After World War I, the Allies aimed to prosecute Germans accused of war crimes but ultimately agreed to allow the Reichsgericht in Leipzig to try them. This is the first systematic, highly readable scholarly assessment of all these cases. Of the 900 Germans on Allied extradition lists, only a few faced court investigations; seven were convicted, ten found not guilty; charges against all others were dropped. Hankel demonstrates how German courts’ war crimes definitions revealed differences between German and international interpretations of existing agreements on the treatment of civilians, partisans, or prisoners of war. The Leipzig trials reinforced German perceptions that their conduct of war was legitimate, with disastrous effects in World War II, but also paved the way to the Nuremberg Trials.


Table of Contents
Introduction

PART I: PRIOR HISTORY – FROM THE END OF THE WAR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIALS (1918-1921)
1. The Allied Demand for Punishment
2. German Countermeasures and Allied Concessions—The First Step Towards Revising Versailles
3. From the Start of the Investigations to the First Trial Before the Reich Court
4. Digression: The Planned Trial of Wilhelm II and its Failure

PART II: THE TRIALS BEFORE THE REICH COURT AND THE REICH PROSECUTOR’S INVESTIGATION (1921-1927)
1. Subject and Progress of the Trials
2. On the Charges: Atrocities and Systematic Inhuman Behavior by German Troops
3. On the Charge of Murder and Manslaughter of Members of the Enemy Civilian Population
4. The Charge of Mistreatment of Prisoners of War
5. On the Charge of Deportation and Forced Labor
6. On the Sea War in General and the Charge of Sinking Ships without Warning, Particularly in “Unrestricted” Submarine Warfare
7. On the Difficulty of Prosecuting Crimes in the Air War

PART III: REPERCUSSIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS (1928-1945)
1. Trials in Absentia in Belgium and France and Their Aftermath
2. Once Again: The Sinking of the Llandovery Castle, or How a Crime Disappears
3. The Laws of War and War Crimes in World War II

Conclusion
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

About the Author
Gerd Hankel, Dr. jur., M.A. (1957) is a legal scholar and guest fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. He has published extensively in the field of international (humanitarian/criminal) law and human rights.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 28 November, 2014.
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Untitled document Human Rights Series

Edited by William A. SchabasMiddlesex University, Department of Law, London, UK; Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway


Editorial Board
Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University, London, UK

Shane Darcy , Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Galway
Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Vinodh Jaichand, University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Noam Lubell, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


ISSN: 1877-704X 


Scope
Human rights has become a broad field of study and research, engaging disciplines such as law, international relations, political science, history and philosophy, but also somewhat less obvious areas as geography, statistics and literature. The Human Rights Series aims to reflect this diversity and richness in academic human rights work, providing a peer reviewed collection of titles that are both multidisciplinary in an individual sense but also multidisciplinary in a collective sense. Although it is expected that human rights law, and especially international human rights law, together with its two principal cognates, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, will sit at the core of the publication program, works in a diverse range of disciplines will be greatly encouraged.

Authors/Editors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/ or full manuscripts to the series editor or to the publisher Hendrik van Leusen.

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