UCL Faculty of Laws


Recording | Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg

25 January 2023, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Photo of Francine Hirsch and the cover of her book 'Soviet Judgement at Nuremberg'

This lecture is part of the International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture Series

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ILA lecture on 'Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II'

Speaker: Prof. Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Chair: Dr Danae Azaria (University College London)

About the Lecture (watch the recorded lecture below)

Organised in the wake of World War Two by the victorious Allies, the Nuremberg Trials were intended to hold the Nazis to account for their crimes and to restore a sense of justice to a world devastated by violence. As Francine Hirsch reveals in her groundbreaking book, a major piece of the Nuremberg story has routinely been left out: the critical and unexpected role of the Soviet Union. Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg offers a startlingly new view of the International Military Tribunal and a fresh perspective on the movement for international human rights that it helped launch.

About the Speaker

Francine Hirsch is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses on Russian and Soviet history, postwar Europe, and the history of human rights. Her first book, Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union (Cornell, 2005), received several awards, including the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize of ASEEES. Her second book, Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War Two (Oxford, 2020), also won several book prizes including the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Hirsch has been writing for the broader public, and has published pieces in The New Republic, Time magazine, The Washington Post, and The LA Times. Hirsch has launched a new book project on the long history of Russian-American entanglement.

Watch the lecture here

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