On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the verdicts of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) the International Nuremberg Principles Academy organized a lecture on 'Transitional Justice - Post-War Legacies'.
The IMT verdicts marked the beginning of International Criminal Law as it is known today.
Professor Ruti Teitel and Professor Christoph Safferling explored the legacy of these historical verdicts and their impact in the field of Transitional Justice.
Prof. Ruti Teitel is an internationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law. She is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Her path-breaking book, Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), examines the 20th century transitions to democracy in many countries.
Prof. Christoph Safferling studied Law in Munich and London. He received his doctoral degree at the University of Munich in 1999 and passed the bar exam in 2000. Afterwards, he held the position of Assistant Professor of law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 2006 to 2015 he was Professor for criminal law, criminal procedure, international criminal law and public international law at the Philipps-University of Marburg, and the Director of the International Research and Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials. He is the Whitney R. Harris International Law Fellow of the Jackson Center, Jamestown, N.Y. Since 2012 he is a member of the International Academic Commission at the Federal Ministry of Justice for Critical Study of the National Socialist Past. He currently holds the Chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and is one of the Vice-Presidents of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. His main fields of research are: international criminal procedural law, the mental elements of the crime, and the history of international criminal law. He is co-editor of the German Law Journal and the Revista Internationale di Dritto Penale. He edited the German translation of Whitney Harris' Tyranny on Trial into German ("Tyrannen vor Gericht", Berlin: BWV 2009).