The future of international criminal law will be discussed at “Legacy of Justice: the Military Tribunal and International Criminal Law” at the Holocaust and Humanity Center at 6p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

The discussion will feature David M. Crane, founding chief prosecutor International War Crimes Tribunal for West Africa, and Greg Peterson, co-founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center.

A reception beings at 5 p.m., and there will be museum previews, and a special galley talk sponsored by Xavier University. 

“The wrongs, which we seek to condemn and punish, have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated,” Jackson said.

At the end of the Holocaust gallery at HHC, this quote is included in the Judgement exhibit. Jackson is clear about the reasons for the trials, as a clear warning to future perpetrators that they will be prosecuted for their crimes.

Over the last several years there  have likely been the last of the remaining trials for prosecuting Nazi’s in criminal court. There are debates if these trials are necessary.

Beyond the Holocaust, other perpetrators have been brought to trial to be prosecuted for war crimes, and crimes against humanity, even some for genocide. The process is not easy, prosecutors work for many years bringing perpetrators to court, with trials lasting for years.

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