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The first international war-crimes trials began in November 1945 in Nuremberg Germany The International Military Tribunal IMT was set up by the victorious Allies the US France Great Britain and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II Prosecutors from those four countries indicted a total of 22 Nazi German officials on three basic charges - conspiring and ultimately launching an aggressive war committing war crimes and committing crimes against humanity Also indicted were various German organizations and businesses that the Allies charged with aiding the Nazi war effort Among the atrocities that the Nazis were responsible for over the previous 10 years were the murder of six million Jews a vast amount of homosexuals and allies of Jewish people throughout Europe and the destruction of thousands of cities and towns The question we are pondering is whether or not the Nuremberg Trials were legal Lets analyze this question We should first attempt to understand what is defined as the correct legal process and legal reasoning In order to do that we must understand the institution culture process and social structure surrounding the law There are two perspectives that you can take on the analysis of legal issues The internal and external standpoints can help in analyzing this legal concern The internal perspective looks at law as separate from life and society While the external perspective views trusts that rules are affected by society and culture So the legal process or basic conception of law stresses the abstract in the sense of law as an ideal or statement of principles These principles are then incorporated into written documents On the constitutional level law may take the form of statutes and case opinions ie precedence Furthermore the fundamental source of law the natural conception of law tends to stress revelation and the intimate relationship between law and moral values And the positive conception of law tends to stress power in some form and the
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