Nuremberg, war crimes, war crime trials
In this document, Judge Hebert likens knowledgable participation in an aggressive war to a criminal act, namely murder. He states that the law must function as a deterrent to those willing and able to participate in such an aggressive war. Thus, in participating in those acts, one forfeits the protection that international law would classicly provide. Hebert writes how the participation in an act that may likely cause severe harm or damage to others is a crime, regarless of the intent of the perpetrator to cause harm. He argues that this principle can be justly applied to the Nuremberg trials, and in fact, greater care needs to be taken in judging war acts because the cost to society, and to world security, is greater.
Paul Macarius Hebert,
Participating in the crime of waging an aggressive war,
Nuremberg Trials Documents
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/nuremberg_docs/3