«The Broken Years»: War Crimes and the laws of war under the impact of the First World War

Segesser, Daniel Marc (23 January 2015). «The Broken Years»: War Crimes and the laws of war under the impact of the First World War (Unpublished). In: The History of the Laws of War. European University Institute, Fiesole. 22.01.-23.01.2015.

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When the First World War began, the international co-operation of legal academics, which had been a characteristic of the late 19th and early 20th century came to a halt. In the context of the atrocities in Belgium as well as Serbia academics on both sides became involved in the propaganda campaigns of the belligerents on both sides. Not many of them were able to divest themselves. The presentation will claim that as a consequence the time between the First World War and the beginning of the Second can be characterized as «Broken Years» not only in regard to war veterans (Gammage 1974), but also in regard to the international academic discourse on issues of war crimes and the laws of war. This shall be substantiated by a look at academic activities in the interwar period within the International Law Association, the Institut de Droit International, the Interparliamentary Union, the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal and the Internationale Kriminalistische Vereinigung.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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
900 History > 970 History of North America
900 History > 990 History of other areas

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Segesser

Date Deposited:

22 Jun 2015 17:20

Last Modified:

14 Mar 2017 08:34

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66409

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