Courtesy Reuters

THE time has come when debate over the legality of the Nuremberg trial may perhaps give way to a consideration of the long-range implications of the principles which it established as law. This is not to say that the legality or wisdom of the proceedings should be a closed question; specifically, it is not to dissent in the least from the authoritative and convincing reasoning which has led Mr. Stimson to the conclusion that "This is a new judicial process, but it is not ex post facto law."[i] It is only to point out that the Nuremberg judgment has been made and is now precedent, and that the present task is to consider how its principles can be put to work in the interests of a peaceable and ordered international society. The challenging question now is how to use the doctrine that aggressive war is "the supreme international crime."


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