Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg war crimes trials (Photo: Public Domain)

How to apply the Nuremberg model for Russian war crimes

Both before and after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, Soviet lawyer Aron Trainin proposed to criminalise the crime of aggression. The statute of the International Military Tribunal provided for criminal responsibility for waging an aggressive war, which became the main subject of the Nuremberg Trials.

The crime of aggression is often called the 'mother of all crimes' or 'the supreme international c...

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Author Bio

Maria Mezentseva is head of the Ukraine delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Ukrainian MP.