WAR CRIMES: Conscience of the Community

One of the greatest living U.S. lawyers, Henry L. Stimson, this week published in the January issue of Foreign Affairs a defense of the Nurnberg verdicts.* It was not, of course, the last word, but it was authoritative (Stimson had been Secretary of War when the trials were planned), and it was written in language non-lawyers could understand.

"International law," said Stimson, "is not a body of authoritative codes or statutes; it is the gradual expression, case by case, of the moral judgments of the civilized world. As such, it corresponds precisely to...

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