International Criminal Tribunals: Cui Bono?

  • Aleksandra Babovic
Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)


In the concluding chapter, Babovic discusses limitations and few successes of the Tokyo Tribunal when it comes to legal, strategic, and political goals it intends to fulfill. It also analyzes the deep-rooted repercussions the Trial has upon the way in which the Japanese approach their past and war guilt. This chapter puts into perspective the expectations states can place into these judicial instruments of peace when used in post-conflict societies. Babovic concludes that international criminal tribunals remain mostly beneficial to hegemonic states and states they tend to patronize and to a lesser degree to states whose leaders they put on trial.


International criminal tribunals Hegemonic history Legislating process Crime of aggression Power Law Victims 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Babovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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