I am trying to estimate the total budget of the Nuremberg War Criminal trial. Any help with reference, please?

  • It will be good even if someone can give me partial info. Apr 14 '13 at 3:16
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    Just curious: what is the context of the question? Apr 14 '13 at 7:31
  • @FelixGoldberg, I was trying to understand whether the Bangladesh government is allocating enough fund to the international crimes tribunal of Bangladesh. Apr 14 '13 at 19:29
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    Well, in that case, don't forget to adjust the 1946 figure for inflation, once you have it. Apr 14 '13 at 22:39

Partial answer: this page indicates that the trials were paid for by the Control Council of Germany, aka Allied Control Council. I couldn't find an online budget for the council, but perhaps the printed 9 volumes of its papers, duly mentioned in the wiki article, contain this information.


Although not exactly answering, following resource has some important information. Skilbeck, Rupert. "Funding Justice: The Price of War Crimes Trials." Human Rights Brief 15, no. 3 (2008): 6-10.


  1. In the second half of 2008, the trial of Thomas Dyilo Lubanga was originally expected to commence at the International Criminal Court (ICC),1 five years after the Court commenced operations. The ICC’s 2007 budget was $146 million (93 million euros), leaving it still some way behind the $1.2 billion (762 million euros) and $1 billion (635 million euros) spent by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) respectively in their ten years of operation, a cost of between $10–15 million (6.4–9.5 million euros) per accused.

  2. The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in Sarajevo is running a large number of internationalized trials at $709,000 (450,000 euros) per trial, which is predicted to reduce to $236,000 (150,000 euros) over the next two years.

  3. The Special Panels of East Timor's 2001 budget was $6.3 million (4 million euros), $6 million (3.8 million euros) of which was allocated to the prosecution, with only $300,000 (190,000 euros) for the rest of the court.3 The 2003–2005 budget was $14,358,600 (9,116,340 euros), even less when divided annually.

  4. The original budget for the ECCC of Cambodia was $56 million (35.5 million euros), with $13 million (8.25 million euros) provided by the Government of Cambodia and $43 million (27.3 million euros) provided by the international community through voluntary donations. During 2007 it became clear that the ECCC had no hope of completing the trials within the original timescale and budget. In March 2008 a new request for funding was presented to donors, extending the lifespan of the Court until March 2011 and requesting an additional $115 million (73 million euros), taking the total budget to almost $170 million (108 million euros). With only five accused, this created a cost per trial of $36 million (23 million euros).

  5. In the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the government provided $4.7 million (3 million euros) in 2005 and plans to provide approximately $15.8 million (10 million euros) annually by 2010. A separate donor-funded budget funds the international staff, which amounted to $15.8 million (10 million euros) in 2006, reducing to $7.9 million (5 million euros) in 2009. There was a pre-trial cost of approximately $708,000 (450,000 euros) in 2006 reducing to $236,000 (150,000 euros) in 2010.

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    Could you please summarize? Apr 20 '13 at 14:17
  • @FelixGoldberg, I am little busy right now. I will try to summarize next weekend. Apr 20 '13 at 21:59
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    Ok, no pressure. +1 for now, in advance :) Apr 21 '13 at 8:44
  • @FelixGoldberg, done! Apr 21 '13 at 14:29

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