Quote of the Day — The IMT on the Use of Armed Force in Self-Defense

by Kevin Jon Heller

From the Judgment:

It was further argued that Germany alone could decide, in accordance with the reservations made by many of the Signatory Powers at the time of the conclusion of the Briand-Kellogg Pact, whether preventive action was a necessity, and that in making her decision final judgment was conclusive. But whether action taken under the claim of seIf-defense was in fact aggressive or defensive must ultimately be subject to investigation and adjudication if international law is ever to be enforced.

Smart people, those Allied judges.


One Response

  1. The late ’40s were really the golden age of America’s belief in international law, weren’t they?

    Yet another bit of evidence for my thesis that the Cold War pretty much fucked up everything.

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