Making war criminal

John L Hagan, Scott Greer

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Turk's conflict theory of political criminality is used to account for the virtual cessation of international criminal law enforcement following the Nuremberg Tribunal and its revival through the establishment of The Hague Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Turk's theory further helps to contextualize the little known contribution of Sheldon Glueck to the development of the Nuremberg Trials. Glueck helped overcome Soviet wishes to turn Nuremberg into a show trial and developed the organizational plan for the visual and witness evidence of the Holocaust that led to the most important convictions for crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg Trials. The contributions of Glueck and Turk provide an underappreciated foundation for the criminological study of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-264
Number of pages34
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Making War Criminal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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