Story: International law

Shigenori Tōgō on trial, 1947

Shigenori Tōgō on trial, 1947

Shigenori Tōgō, former Japanese foreign minister, is shown here on trial at the War Crimes International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Tokyo, in December 1947. At the end of the Second World War the victorious allies set up international military tribunals in Nuremberg, to try Nazi German war crimes, and in Tokyo, to try Japanese war crimes. Erima Harvey Northcroft was appointed as one of the judges on the Tokyo tribunal, the only New Zealander to hold such a position. Tōgō was found guilty of war crimes and died in prison in 1950, while serving a 20-year sentence.

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K. J. Keith, 'International law - Who is subject to international law?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2021)

Story by K. J. Keith, published 20 Jun 2012