Victors' Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad

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Verso, 2009 - Law - 189 pages
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Victors' Justice is a potent and articulate polemic against the manipulation of international penal law by the West, combining historical detail, juridical precision and philosophical analysis. Zolo's key thesis is that contemporary international law functions as a two-track system: a made-to-measure law for the hegemons and their allies, on the one hand, and a punitive regime for the losers and the disadvantaged, on the other. Though it constantly advertised its impartiality and universalism, international law served to bolster and legitimize, ever since the Tokyo and Nuremberg trials, a fundamentally unilateral and unequal international order.

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Humanitarian War
The Universality of Rights and Humanitarian War
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Danilo Zolo is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the University of Florence. He is the author of several books, including Democracy and Complexity, Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government; Invoking Humanity: War, Law and Global Order; and Victors' Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad.

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