The Nuremberg Trials (Content Warning)
The murder and oppression of millions during the Holocaust left the world jaded, horrified, and desperate for a restoration of international order. In this context, the Nuremberg Trials were conceived and carried out. It is certainly true that the trials led to retributive justice against war criminals (if you consider retribution a valid form of justice at all), but not without immense legal criticism – the trials were conducted under their own rules of evidence (permitting normally inadmissable material), denied appeal of selection of judges, prosecuted German citizens without Germany’s prior consent to the use of the court, and arguably defined war crimes retrospectively. How will you interpret the legal nuances of these famous trials?
Some prior legal education is strongly recommended for this committee.