5 Hous. J. Int'l L. 1 (1982-1983)
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann and the Protection of Universal Human Rights under International Law

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OF
INTERNATIONAL LAW
VOLUME 5                 AUTUMN 1982                  NUMBER 1
THE TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN AND THE
PROTECTION OF UNIVERSAL HUMAN
RIGHTS UNDER
INTERNATIONAL LAW
Matthew L#ppman *
On May 23, 1960, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion an-
nounced to the Knesset that Adolf Eichmann had been apprehended.
I have to inform the Knesset that a short time ago one of the
greatest of the Nazi war criminals, Adolf Eichmann, who was
responsible together with the Nazi leaders for what they
caled the final solution of the Jewish question, . . . was
found by Israel Security Services. . . . [He is] already under
arrest in Israel, and will shortly be put on trial under the [Na-
zis and Nazi Collaborators Act].'
The Eichmann trial has been referred to by one legal scholar as
one of the great dramas of legal history.2 The trial is important not
only because it involved the prosecution of one of the most infamous of
Nazi war criminals, but because it is one of the few contemporary ef-
forts to enforce serious human rights violations in a domestic court of
law.
This article describes and analyzes some of the legal issues raised
by the Eichmann trial. Eichmann's role in the Final Solution is out-
lined, and his escape, apprehension, and the diplomatic controversy
* Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Denver; J.D., American Uni-
versity; B.A., M.A., PhD., Northwestern University.
1. M. PEARLMAN, THE CAPTURE AND TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN 60 (1963).
2. Schwarzenberger, 7he Eichmann Judgment, 15 CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS 248
(1962).

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