The Romanian War Crimes Trials at the end of World War II

with Dr. Stefan Cristian Ionescu

Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice invites you to a seminar with

Dr. Stefan Cristian Ionescu


The Romanian War Crimes Trials at the end of World War II

Stefan Cristian Ionescu is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Hugo Valentin Center, Department of History, Uppsala University. During the last several years Ionescu held teaching and research positions at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Duke University’s Center for European Studies, Elon University, and Chapman University. Ionescu’s book, entitled Jewish Resistance to Romanianization: 1940-1944, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

At the Allies’ pressure, which became legally binding through the Armistice Agreement signed on September 12, 1944, the Romanian transitional governments that replaced the Antonescu regime in August 1944 adopted a series of legal and administrative measures aiming to bring the war criminals to justice. For that purpose a special court – the People’s Tribunal – was established which functioned for two years. Based on untapped archival materials from the collections of the former Secret Police and other archives, Ionescu’s presentation provides insights especially into the indictments, the defense strategies used by the 46 defendants – mostly former military officials in Bessarabia, Bukovina, and Transnistria – and the court verdicts of the first war crimes trial that took place in post-Antonescu Romania in May 1945.

Registration:, preferably by 25 October 2017