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1945 Revealed – The Inner Temple at the Heart of International Justice

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START DATE 20 November 2015
START TIME 06:00pm
LOCATION Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London EC4Y
END DATE 20 November 2015
END TIME 08:00pm

This date is particularly significant to Inner Templars as the President of the International Military Tribunal sitting at Nuremburg, Sir Geoffrey Lawrence, (later Lord Oaksey), was a member of the Inner Temple and the Treasurer in 1954. Lord Wright of Durley, Treasurer in 1946, was the Chairman of the UN War Crimes Commission National Offices Conference that met in London between 31 May and 2 June at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

As Treasurer, Lord Wright presided over the massive rebuilding programme that took place following the destruction of the Inn in 1941. And it was amidst the rubble of those buildings, in Temple House, that the historic Nuremburg Charter, established the International Military Tribunal, was signed by the prosecution and judiciary that took part in the trials. These included Robert Jackson, the US Prosecutor, and Iona Nikitchenko who served as judge on behalf of the Soviet Union. 

It is therefore fitting that on Friday 20 November 2015 the 70th anniversary of the opening of the trials, the Inn's History Society will host a lecture examining the contributions made by these important Inner Templars to the Nuremburg International Tribunal and United Nations War Crimes Commission. The Inner Temple is honoured to host two of the world's leading authorities on this subject, Middlesex University Professor of International Law William Schabas QC and Dr Dan Plesch, as principal speakers.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. An informal dinner will also be available for those who wish to continue the discussion afterwards. The following day we will meet at Temple Church at 2pm for a walking tour to the landmarks of international justice 1941-45 led by Professor Schabas.

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