AFFIRMATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF
INTERNATIONAL LAW RECOGNIZED BY THE
CHARTER OF THE NUREMBERG TRIBUNAL
Resolution 95(1) of the United Nations General Assembly adopted on 11 December 1946
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The present resolution was adopted by unanimous vote1 of the General Assembly.
AUTHENTIC TEXTS: Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish. The text below is reprinted from United Nations Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during the Second part of its first session from 23 October to 15 December 1946, Lake Success, New York, 1947, p. 188.
TEXT PUBLISHED IN: United Nations Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during the Second part of its first session from 23 October to 15 December 1946, Lake Success, New York, 1947, p. 188 (Engl., French); Yearbook of the United Nations, 1946–1947, Lake Success, N.Y., United Nations, 1947, p. 254 (Engl.); Friedman, Vol. II, pp. 1027–1028 (Engl.); Benjamin B. Ferenz, An International Criminal Court: a step towards world peace. A Documentary History and Analysis, Dobbs Ferry, Oceana Publications, 1980, Vol. II, pp. 126–127 (Engl.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 1309–1310 (French).
The General Assembly,
Recognizes the obligation laid upon it by Article 13, paragraph 1, sub-paragraph (a), of the Charter, to initiate stuthes and make recommendations for the purpose of encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification;
Takes note of the Agreement for the establishment of an International Military Tribunal for the prosecution and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis signed in London on 8 August 1945, and of the Charter annexed thereto, and of the fact that similar principles have been adopted in the Charter of the International Military Tribunal for the trial of the major war criminals in the Far East, proclaimed at Tokyo on 19 January 1946; Therefore,
Affirms the principles of international law recognized by the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the judgment of the Tribunal;
Directs the Committee on the codification of international law established by the resolution of the General Assembly of 11 December 1946, to treat as a matter of primary importance plans for the formation, in the context of a general codification of offences against the peace and security of mankind, or of an International Criminal Code, of the principles recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the judgment of the Tribunal.
1 A roll-call vote did not take place.
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Publication information: Book title: The Laws of Armed Conflicts: A Collection of Conventions, Resolutions, and Other Documents. Edition: 4th. Contributors: Dietrich Schindler - Editor, Jiri Toman - Editor. Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 1263.
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