National Crimes, International Justice: The Case of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery
with Professor Norma Field, East Asain Languages & Civilizations, Univeristy of Chicago
Monday, April 22, 2002Historic Context of the Tribunal will be discussed: why it was called the "Tokyo Tribunal 2002," deliberately extending the work that was excluded from the International Military Tribunal of the Far East; why the San Francisco Peace Treaty and subsequent bilateral treaties also neglected this topicl; why it reemerged in the 1990s.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095
In addition, Professor Field will discuss the labor that went into organizing the Tribunal: its model in the Bertrand Russell-Jean-Paul Sartre Tribunal of 1964 addressing U.S. war crimes in Vietnam; the effort to bring together organizers from Japan and all the "victimized" nations; the selection of defendants and the acute question of due process (since all the defendants were dead).
Highlights from the Tribunal will also be presented: the collaboration of North & South Korea; the layered history of colonialism through the Dutch, Indonesian, and East Timorese testimony; the issue of PTSD; the Tribunal form and the nature of justice sought and achieved (as a question).