“United Nations War Crimes Commission Records: Past, Present and Future”

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The United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) was operational between 1943 and 1948 and played a vital role in preparing the ground for the war crimes trials that followed the Second World War. The evidence was submitted by 17 member nations for evaluation so that war criminals could be arrested and prosecuted. The archive also contains records of trials carried out in various Member States and presented to the Commission, including national military tribunals and the Military Tribunal of the Far East (Tokyo Trials). This panel will bring together experts to discuss the content of these archival documents, their impact on the development of international law and the International Criminal Court, as well as their potential use by and value to students and academics. A full copy of the records of the Commission was provided to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in July of this year; they were not freely open to the public earlier. This event is organized by The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.

   Tuesday, 11 November 2014

      1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

     Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Opening remarks:

Ms. Hua JIANG,Officer-in-Charge, Department of Public Information

H.E. Mr. Asoke KumarMUKERJI, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations


Mr. Adama DIENG, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Mrs. Bridget SISK, Chief, United Nations Archives and Records Management Section

Mr. Patrick J. TREANOR, Former member of the Office of Special Investigations, the United States Department of Justice

Mr. Dan PLESCH, Director, The Centre for Diplomatic Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London

Mr. Henry MAYER, Senior Adviser on Archives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Mrs. Edith LEDERER, United Nations Correspondent for The Associated Press