How would international law have developed had the Central Powers won WWI?

Futurist

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How would international law have developed had the Central Powers won WWI? For instance, in what ways would it have been different from the post-WWI and post-WWII international law systems in real life?
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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Probably no League of Nations or UN, no real 'war crimes' legislation as that grew out of WWII which in this scenario would not have occurred. Much more of the 'might makes right' view than is the case now, and what international law there is will be decided by the powerful nations and the smaller ones will just have to live with it.
 
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Probably no League of Nations or UN, no real 'war crimes' legislation as that grew out of WWII which in this scenario would not have occurred. Much more of the 'might makes right' view than is the case now, and what international law there is will be decided by the powerful nations and the smaller ones will just have to live with it.
Is there at least going to be a sop to national self-determination given Germany's role in "liberating" various ethnic minorities from Russian rule?
 

Belgarion

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Is there at least going to be a sop to national self-determination given Germany's role in "liberating" various ethnic minorities from Russian rule?
I doubt it. depending on how the peace with Russia was achieved, (was it an armistice or a total military defeat with subsequent harsh terms) If the former Germany may want to pressure Russia into giving more autonomy to the various republics, then ensuring that these republics toe the German line, or in the latter case simply occupying the territory and incorporating it into the German empire. In either case the wishes of the locals will not mean much.
 
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I doubt it. depending on how the peace with Russia was achieved, (was it an armistice or a total military defeat with subsequent harsh terms) If the former Germany may want to pressure Russia into giving more autonomy to the various republics, then ensuring that these republics toe the German line,
You mean independence, no?

or in the latter case simply occupying the territory and incorporating it into the German empire. In either case the wishes of the locals will not mean much.
Germany was uninterested in incorporating more non-Protestants into the German Empire. Thus, the only realistic annexations for a victorious Germany after WWI would have been mostly Protestant Latvia and Estonia (along with a land corridor along the Baltic Sea connecting them to German-ruled Memelland, of course). The rest of Eastern Europe will become German puppet states rather than being directly annexed to the German Reich.