Judgment at Nuremberg: The Presence of Evil and the Absence of Law

Presented by: Valentino Martinez, Professor of History

The victorious Allies at the end of World War II decided against summary execution of leading Nazis and instead opted for a formal war crimes trial at Nuremberg.  A major legal and moral issue at the time was under what legal basis and existing law could such numbing acts of criminality be adjudicated? This presentation will examine the moral and legal rationale for the Nuremberg trials and their critical repercussions through the rest of the violent 20th century.