The United Nations War Crimes Commission research project

The United Nations War Crimes Commission Project is an ongoing initiative run by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London.

The United Nations War Crimes Commission was a little-known United Nations agency operating between 1943 and 1948, with the goal of identifying, classifying, and assisting national governments with the trials of war criminals in the European and East Asian theatres. Working in parallel to the more famous Nuremberg and Far East trial processes, it assisted with an unprecedented number of cases - far more than the Nuremberg, international, and ICC’s caseloads combined, but remains obscure today.

The Project is dedicated to the dissemination of the UNWCC’s archival materials, and the study and analysis of the organisation’s role in UN history. This site serves as a repository for the Project’s documentary and research work, and hosts never-seen-before archival material from the UNWCC’s recently-opened archives.

This work is part of the broader project on UN History for the Future being conducted in conjunction with the Ralph Bunche Centre for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The War Crimes and Human Rights project is in partnership with the Wiener Library for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies at London University.

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