No Peace Without Justice, No Justice Without Law: A Review Essay

This essay reviews Jonathan Hafetz’s Punishing Atrocities Through A Fair Trial:  International Criminal Law from Nuremberg to the Age of Global Terrorism, which examines the historical record to demonstrate how international tribunals have approached fairness in the context of international criminal law.  Hafetz argues that criminal justice system ensures fairness by adopting and applying procedural and evidentiary rules to ensure an unbiased determination of the culpability of the accused. This essay focuses on Hafetz’s analysis of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, illustrating how successive courts learn from their predecessors to develop increasingly fair trial procedures.