Hong Kong's War Crimes Trials by Suzannah LintonHong Kong's War Crimes Trials by Suzannah Linton

Hong Kong's War Crimes Trials

EditorSuzannah Linton

Hardcover | October 5, 2013

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In the aftermath of the Second World War, the British military held 46 trials in Hong Kong in which 123 defendants, from Japan and Formosa (Taiwan), were tried for war crimes. This book provides the first comprehensive legal analysis of these trials. The subject matter of the trials spannedwar crimes committed during the fall of Hong Kong, its occupation, and in the period after the capitulation following the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but before the formal surrender. They included killings of hors de combat, abuses in prisoner-of-war camps, abuse and murder ofcivilians during the military occupation, forced labour, and offences on the High Seas. The events adjudicated included those from Hong Kong, China, Japan, the High Seas, and Formosa (Taiwan). Taking place in the same historical period as the more famous Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, the Hong Kong warcrimes trials provide key insights into events of the time, and the development of international criminal law and procedure in this period.A team of experts in international criminal law examine these trials in detail, placing them in their historical context, investigating how the courts conducted their proceedings and adjudicated acts alleged to be war crimes, and evaluating the extent to which the Hong Kong trials contributed to thedevelopment of contemporary issues, such as joint criminal enterprise and superior orders. There is also comparative analysis with contemporaneous proceedings, such as the Australian War Crimes trials, trials in China, and those conducted by the British in Singapore and Germany, placing them withinthe wider history of international justice. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of international criminal law and procedure.
Suzannah Linton is Professor of International Law at Bangor Law School, Bangor University, in the United Kingdom. She is on the IEF Steering Board and coordinates Working Group 5 on Trial Proceedings. Professor Linton was previously at the University of Hong Kong, where she directed the LLM in Human Rights programme from 2005-2009. Pr...
Title:Hong Kong's War Crimes TrialsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:October 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Judge Liu Daqun: ForewordKevin Zervos, SC: Foreword1. Suzannah Linton: Introduction2. Suzannah Linton: Major Murray Ormsby: Prosecutor and Judge of the Hong Kong Military Courts 1946-19483. Alexander Zahar: Trial Procedure at the British Military Courts, Hong Kong, 1946-19484. Yuma Totani: The Prisoner of War Camp Trials5. Suzannah Linton: War Crimes6. Nina Jorgensen: On Being "Concerned" in a Crime: Embryonic Joint Criminal Enterprise7. Bing Bing Jia: The Plea of Superior Orders in the Hong Kong Trials8. Roger Clark: Concluding Analysis