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Published: 2016
No of Pages: 305
ISBN Print: 9780994429506

Rule of Law

This novel follows four participants with contrasting backgrounds through the nerve-racking first Nuremberg trial (1945-6) and the turbulence of the war-damaged, polyglot ‘trial community’ thrown together and dumped into a small, bombed-out city.

One participant is a defendant and former Nazi top propagandist fighting for his life. The other three – a Jewish German-American prosecution interpreter, a British judge, and a German woman (one of the tribunal’s pioneering simultaneous interpreters) – play active roles in the trial and come to identify with its breathtaking ambition to set a judicial precedent that will deprive perpetrators everywhere of their impunity, in aid of a new world where human rights hold sway. Katerina, the simultaneous interpreter, is newly married to an Australian member of the British prosecution, but is also struggling to restore the decency and honour of her own nation after its profound corruption during the Nazi era. All four work in the daily glare of global press and radio attention. Their encounter discloses the trial’s long-term legacy in the development of an international rule of law.

Click here to read a review of Rule of Law –  The Australian – 21 January 2017

Winton Higgins is appearing at a number of literary events to discuss his book.

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Winton Higgins at the Sydney Jewish Museum

With Konrad Kwiet_Blackheath_October 2016

With Konrad Kwiet – Blackheath – October 2016


About the Author

Winton Higgins

Winton Higgins is a writer and academic.  He was born in Sydney in 1941 and holds degrees from the Universities of London, Stockholm and Sydney.  After a brief period at the NSW Bar he changed careers to research, write and reach in the social sciences, first at Macquarie University, then the University of Technology, Sydney.  He has taught in comparative genocide studies at both these places, and sits on the board of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  As a creative writer he won the 2002 NSW Writers’ Centre short story competition, and in 2003 published his Holocaust themed travel diary, Journey into Darkness.  He lives in Sydney with his partner; they have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Visit Winton’s website – here.

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