Join us for a special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13th. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History's special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Mark Hull presents "Lawfare in the Great War"
World War I changed so many things. Among the most significant was a seismic shift in the way we understand law and war, the relationship between crime and military operations. The emergence of command responsibility shattered the legal traditions that divided supreme sovereign authority and the soldier pulling the trigger. There were no trials of the century after the Great War but there was a new recognition of criminal law in an international context. Murder could no longer go unpunished by killers claiming sovereign immunity or obedience to orders. This set the stage for the Nuremberg Trials after World War II and war crimes trials today.