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'A Passing Fury', Centre co-director's new book, reviewed by The Telegraph

This weekend The Telegraph published a review of 'A Passing Fury', a new book on the British programme of war crimes investigations and trials after WW2 by Andrew Williams, Centre co-director.

Nigel Jones writes: "The abiding impression left by Williams's haunting, sensitive and thoughtful study is ambiguity. Some sort of justice was certainly seen to be done; whether it was really done is more difficult to say."

This book exposes the deeper truth of this controlled scheme of vengeance. Moving from the scripted trial of Göring, Hess and von Ribbentrop, to the makeshift courtrooms where ‘minor’ war criminals (the psychotic SS officers, the brutal guards, the executioners) were prosecuted, A Passing Fury tells the story of the extraordinary enterprise, the investigators, the lawyers and the perpetrators and asks the question: was justice done?

A short piece based on the 'A Passing Fury' was published in Lacuna magazine not long ago. Read the full article here.

Mon 16 May 2016, 15:19 | Tags: andrew williams, writing wrongs, Lacuna

Lacuna Magazine - EU/UK Call for Submissions

We are delighted to invite submissions to a special edition of Lacuna magazine, published by the Centre, on the topic of the UK/EU relationship.
Lacuna will be looking at the theme of the Europe Union over the next few months. With the In/Out Referendum taking place on 23 June, we want to explore the issues that relate to the themes of the Magazine.
You may wish to investigate a particular instance of how the EU operates, to provide commentary, reportage or expert analysis on an EU-connected theme. Or you may wish to review a book, a film, a piece of music, art or theatre relevant to the Union. All forms of writing and visual art will be considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, animation and photography.
There is no word limit. If you take a look at some of Lacuna’s existing content (follow the links above), you will find submissions of varying lengths which adopt a variety of different styles.
As always we are committed to supporting new writers. This could be students and other people just starting out in their field. We will also support experienced writers who are learning how to write for new audiences; for instance, academics interested in translating their research for a wider audience. Where possible, we will work with prospective authors to help them improve and develop their work.
You can find out more about the call here, and read the concept paper by the editor-in-chief, Prof Andrew Williams, here.
For more information, please contact us here or email Andrew ( or Alice (
Feel free to disseminate this call widely across your networks!
Wed 23 Mar 2016, 12:10 | Tags: andrew williams, writing wrongs, government, Lacuna

Audio Lecture by Prof Andrew Williams at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge University)

On Friday 5th February, Centre Co-Director Andrew Williams gave a LCIL Friday Lecture 'The UK and Allegations of War Crimes in the Occupation of Iraq: A Failure of Accountability?' at Cambridge University.

The full audio lecture can be accessed here.

Lecture summary: Since 2003 there has been sustained but haphazard legal examination of the conduct of British forces during the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Significant numbers of allegations of unlawful killing and abuse have been raised and are the subject of various government instituted processes of investigation. However, despite there being credible evidence of numerous breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights applicable standards, and despite these governmental procedures, there has been no proper or effective attempt by the UK to fulfil its obligations to discover the truth of these allegations, to consider whether systemic abuses occurred, or to make accountable those who have perpetrated proven violations. After briefly charting this complex terrain, I argue first that this confluence of failures renders the UK in direct contravention of international and domestic legal commitments, and second that unless the nettle of a full and open public inquiry is grasped, founded on well-established international principles, there will be no resolution of the ‘Iraq question’ which has festered for over a decade. The prospect is real therefore of a double injustice being perpetrated.

Tue 16 Feb 2016, 16:25 | Tags: andrew williams, writing wrongs, Event

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