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Defeating Impunity: Attempts at International Justice in Europe since 1914

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Defeating Impunity

Attempts at International Justice in Europe since 1914

Edited by Ornella Rovetta and Pieter Lagrou

264 pages, 3 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-261-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-262-9 eBook

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Defeating Impunity collects strong, substantial new research, often providing the main (or only) English-language presentation of the underlying research in the history of war crimes trials. The editors achieve nuance in a sober and balanced assessment of ‘international justice,’ a topic which previously has inspired cynical dismissal.” • Devin Pendas, Boston College


Over the course of the long and violent twentieth century, only a minority of international crime perpetrators ever stood trial, and a central challenge of this era was the effort to ensure that not all these crimes remained unpunished. This required not only establishing a legal record but also courage, determination, and inventiveness in realizing justice. Defeating Impunity moves from the little-known trials of the 1920s to the Yugoslavia tribunal in the 2000s, from Belgium in 1914 to Ukraine in 1943, and to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf in 1975. It illustrates the extent to which the language of law drew an international horizon of justice.

Ornella Rovetta is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in contemporary history at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Université Saint Louis. Her research interests include the history of international criminal justice and of Rwanda. She is the author of Un génocide au tribunal. Le Rwanda et la justice internationale and co-authored a radio documentary on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Pieter Lagrou has taught contemporary history at the Université libre de Bruxelles since 2003. He has published on the legacy of the Second World War in Europe, on war crime trials and contemporary European historiography. He is currently working on the histories of popular sovereignty since 1789.

Subject: History: 20th Century to PresentGenocide History
Area: Europe


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