Professor John Q. Barrett of St. John's University discusses How the Future Looked from Nuremberg: Mid-20th Century Visions of Humanitarian Law and Prosecutions of Its Violators at the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs.
The conference was hosted by The American Society of International Law (ASIL), in cooperation with The Robert H. Jackson Center, Washington University's Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, Syracuse University College of Law, and the Chautauqua Institution.
John Q. Barrett
John Q. Barrett, a Professor of Law, has been a member of the St. John's University faculty since 1995. Professor Barrett is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1983) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1986). From 1986-88, he was a law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.
Professor Barrett is the Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY.
He currently is working on a biography of Justice Jackson that will include the first inside account of his year (1945-46) away from the Court as the chief American prosecutor of the principal surviving Nazi leaders at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
Sadly, the nuremberg precedent, the Hague conventions, the UN charter etc.will not save us from another atrocious war that will perhaps end it all.The reason is that power and narrow national interests trump international law every time.Great powers wage aggressive and illegal wars against the less powerful(or simply slaughter them) with impunity.
Obviously, this is a recipe for causing much injustice and where there is injustice there can be no peace.Now couple that with the fact that we are living in the age of nuclear armaments.