The webinar “Powers and Reason: the Nuremberg Legacy Today”

1March 2022

The webinar “Powers and Reason: the Nuremberg Legacy Today”, 1 March, 16:30.

The Nuremberg trial of the Nazi leadership was famously described as “one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason”. Its enduring – and, what some believed to be, unshakable – deterrent legacy, however, has come under unparalleled testing today amidst the extraordinary escalation of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
As conversations pertaining to the redefining of the post-World War II rules-based systems and security architecture enter international discourse, the panellists will discuss:
  • How did each Allied Power contribute to shaping the workings of the International Military Tribunal?
  • Is its contemplated mission gradually leaving The Hague and Arusha to settle and expand in domestic jurisdictions?
  • How can Nuremberg’s milestones and flaws inform Ukraine’s avenues for justice for Russian aggression?
  • What can we learn from our failures to confront Russia’s recent and progressive criminal actions in the region?
  • Francine Hirsch, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • David J. Luban, University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University;
  • Guénaël Mettraux, Judge, Kosovo Specialist Chambers; Professor of Law, University of Amsterdam.
Kateryna Busol, lawyer, Senior Lecturer, National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
The event will be held in English and through the Zoom platform, simultaneous translation into Ukrainian will be provided.
If you would like to participate in the discussion and/or send your questions and comments to the Zoom chat, please register here:
You can also follow the webinar on other platforms. The original English discussion will be broadcasted on the YouTube page of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union: The Ukrainian translation of the discussion will be broadcasted on the Facebook page of the UHHRU:
Media Initiative for Human Rights
USAID Human Rights in Action Program
Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
This event is a part of #InternationalLawTalks – a series of webinars aimed to facilitate qualitative, interesting and accessible discussions on the topical issues of international law in Ukraine.
For each session, the webinars bring together distinguished professionals from Ukraine and abroad. They contextualise the armed conflict, peace and transitional justice issues in Ukraine within the larger dynamics of international law and international relations.
The aim of the project is twofold: to help Ukrainian legal professionals and the general public see the wider horizons of their native context and to provide more local and regional insight to international colleagues.
This event was made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID Ukraine in the framework of the Human Rights in Action Program implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience, and advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity. USAID has partnered with Ukraine since 1992, providing more than $3 billion in assistance. USAID’s current strategic priorities include strengthening democracy and good governance, promoting economic development and energy security, improving health care systems, and mitigating the effects of the conflict in the east. For additional information about USAID in Ukraine, please call USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications Office at: +38 (044) 521-5753. You may also visit our website: or our Facebook page at

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