Carlos Augusto Canêdo Gonçalves da Silva Aléxia Alvim Machado Faria
The Nuremberg Trial Court
Among many texts that had been written about the Nuremberg Trial, from different academic perspectives, this paper aims to historically contextualize the creation and conduction of the first grand international criminal court in History. A background of strong symbolism, controvert discourses and political need to signpost a quick and exemplary solution for the destination of Germany’s Nazi leaders is analyzed through statements, legislation and trial records. The narrative highlights the ambient of choosing procedural rules, targets and criminal principles of the court that represented a watershed in what jurists understand as international criminal law nowadays. It therefore dialogues with other studies concerning the Trial in historiography and international law and then concludes, in short, that if any obvious connection between Nuremberg’s International Criminal Law and politics is proposed, it is made forcefully, due to the openly presented contradictions and difficulties in every decision.