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Dr Kirsten Sellars

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Delegitimizing Aggression: First Steps And False Starts After The First World War, Kirsten Sellars Dr Jan 2012

Delegitimizing Aggression: First Steps And False Starts After The First World War, Kirsten Sellars Dr

Dr Kirsten Sellars

The interwar years marked the movement in international law towards the prohibition of aggressive war. Yet a notable feature of the 1920s and 1930s, despite suggestions to the contrary at the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals, was the absence of legal milestones marking the advance towards the criminalization of aggression. Lloyd George’s proposal to arraign the ex-Kaiser for starting the First World War came to nothing. Resolutions mentioning the ‘international crime’ of aggression, such as the draft Treaty for Mutual Assistance and the Geneva Protocol, were never ratified. And the Kellogg-Briand Pact, while renouncing war ‘as an instrument of national ...