The Tokyo Tribunal, Justice, and International Order

  • Aleksandra Babovic
Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)


The chapter introduces the Tokyo Trial and looks at its relationship with larger political, legal, and historical goals of the postwar international order. Babovic introduces the concept of international criminal justice and legal-based international order in relation to which the Tokyo Tribunal is analyzed. Babovic observes the Tribunal in two distinct moments of its activity—establishment and execution of sentences to show the evolution of the goals and the nature of justice and how these interact to give new interpretation of the Tribunal in relation to its utility to the parties involved. The chapter further delves into the central questions of the book and its main findings.


Criminal justice Postwar Japan International order Legalism Prudentialism Strategic legalism Occupation The Tokyo Tribunal The Allied powers Japan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Babovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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