Peter Bushell

Peter Bushell recently completed an MA in Modern Japanese History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is the Project Coordinator of UH’s War Crimes Documentation Initiative. His research focuses on post-WWII war crimes trials in Asia-Pacific, particularly cases involving commanders charged for the crimes of their troops. His MA thesis explored differences between theaters in the US prosecution of Japanese and German defendants in cases involving command responsibility. He plans to conduct a comprehensive study of command responsibility in the Asia-Pacific for a future Ph.D. As a member of the WCDI, he led a data extraction team that worked through hundreds of case review documents from the U.S. Army’s war crime trials at Yokohama (1946-1949). This research produced a large dataset that was utilized to visually represent a number of relationships between cases via maps, graphs, and other visualizations.

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