Criminal Law Forum

, Volume 25, Issue 1–2, pp 291–321 | Cite as

From Calculated Cruelty to Casual Violence – The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Prosecution of Torture and Ill-Treatment

  • Lutz Oette*


The article looks at the records of both the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) and national courts with respect to the post-World War II prosecution of the crimes of torture and ill-treatment. It illustrates how the UNWCC and national courts dealt with the relevant legal questions, applicable laws, crimes at hand, as well as issues of retroactivity and defenses. The article also discusses the UNWCC’s contribution to the development of relevant international law, both in terms of state practice and precedent. Finally, it acknowledges the legacy of the UNWCC and post-World War II prosecutions, which constituted a collaborative effort to bring perpetrators of international crimes to justice.


International Criminal Court National Court Rome Statute International Crime Geneva Convention 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SOASUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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