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An international conference to be held July 28-30 at the Freie Universität Berlin will address the historical and geographic contexts of military justice, violence and war crimes. It will focus on various countries and their conflicts in the period from 1850 to 1945, for example, World War II and its impact on the East and Southeast Asian region as well as civil wars in the States United States and the Philippines. The researchers aim to discuss the conceptual, legal, institutional and practical aspects related to the exercise of legal and judicial powers by the armed forces. Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann, researcher in Japanese studies at Freie Universität Berlin, notes: “A historical study of the principles, structure and application of military justice can provide important insights into war crimes and atrocities. . The conference will run as a hybrid event. Registration is required to participate both on-site and online. This lecture is organized by the Institute of Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, as part of the project “Law without Mercy: Japanese Courts-Martial and Military Courts during the Asia-Pacific War, 1937–1945″, which received a funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The aim of the ERC-funded project led by Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann is to examine the causal link between law and violence in the Asian part of the Second World War, during which Japan made war on China, the United States and its allies. Researchers plan to gain new insights into the causes and context of escalating violence on battlefields and occupied territories in East and Southeast Asia by looking across the complex of Japanese military jurisdiction, which has received little attention so far.

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