A New Paradigm of Customary International Criminal Law: The UN War Crimes Commission of 1943–1948 and its Associated Courts and Tribunals (2014)

Dan Plesch & Shanti Sattler Criminal Law Forum, 25 (1-2). pp. 17-43. OpenAccess version here. This article focuses on the United Nations War Crimes Commission’s significant contribution to the development of customary international criminal law defined by the development of international legal standards and proceedings to combat impunity and promote justice. It draws on theContinue reading “A New Paradigm of Customary International Criminal Law: The UN War Crimes Commission of 1943–1948 and its Associated Courts and Tribunals (2014)”

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1945’s Forgotten Insight: Multilateralism as Realist Necessity (2015)

Dan Plesch & Thomas G. Weiss International Studies Perspectives, 17 (1). pp. 4-16 OpenAccess version here. The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the UN Charter provided an occasion to explore the historical underpinnings of contemporary global governance. This essay redresses the neglect of the United Nations as a multilateral structure beforeContinue reading “1945’s Forgotten Insight: Multilateralism as Realist Necessity (2015)”

Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (2017)

Dan Plesch Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2017 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine  Human Rights after Hitler reveals thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland to the Pacific. These cases provide a great foundation for twenty-first-centuryContinue reading “Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (2017)”

1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)

Dan Plesch & Tom Weiss Global Governance, 21 (2). pp. 197-204. OpenAccess version here. The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the UN Charter should call attention to the historical underpinnings of contemporary global governance. Today’s fashion of “good-enough” global governance abandons the strategy of constructing robust intergovernmental organizations; and it is not good enough, especiallyContinue reading “1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)”