Criminal Law Forum

, Volume 25, Issue 1–2, pp 111–132 | Cite as

China, the Chinese Representative, and the Use of International Law to Counter Japanese Acts of Aggression: China’s Standpoint on UNWCC Jurisdiction

  • Wen-Wei Lai


This article discusses China’s influence on the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC). It describes China’s participation in the discussion of war crimes investigation and punishment, emphasizing the particular influence of Chinese Representative Wellington Koo. The article examines Koo’s application of international law to address Japanese atrocities committed towards China, particularly in using the UNWCC as a means of ensuring that Japanese aggression did not go unpunished. Despite the inability to hold many Japanese war criminals accountable, the author emphasizes China’s remarkable impact on the UNWCC, and maintains that China continues to remain a strong force in international law.


Legal Advisor United Nations Commission Inaugural Meeting British Foreign Japanese Aggression 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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