Hugh H. L. Bellot: A Life in the Service of the Prevention and Punishment of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Segesser, Daniel Marc (2020). Hugh H. L. Bellot: A Life in the Service of the Prevention and Punishment of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. In: Mégret, Frédéric; Tallgren, Immi (eds.) The Dawn of a Discipline: International Criminal Justice and Its Early Exponents (pp. 24-48). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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Hugh Hale Leigh Bellot (1860–1928) was a key figure in the process of the transformation of international law in general and international criminal law in particular generated in the context of World War I. This chapter looks at the biography and the intellectual work of a man, who, being a Doctor of Civil Law called to the bar in 1890, in 1915 became a founding member and honorary secretary to the Grotius Society. The aim of this society was to promote impartial discussion on the Laws of War and Peace, and on their reform as a consequence of what those involved considered to be the “new conditions” in World War I. For the time after the war this chapter discusses the crucial contribution of Bellot in the discussions within the International Law Association on the creation of an international criminal court. In general the chapter aims to put Bellot’s contribution into a context that looks at the same time into the nineteenth as well as the early twentieth century and thereby clarifies the position of this important man at the crossroads of international criminal law.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Modern and Contemporary History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Segesser, Daniel

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISBN:

978-1-108-48818-1

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Segesser

Date Deposited:

02 Dec 2020 16:24

Last Modified:

04 Jan 2021 12:26

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.148482

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/148482

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