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99 Years & Counting: Genocide, Human Rights, Cyber Terrorism, and International Crimes

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  • Description
    At the young age of 27, Benjamin Ferencz was assigned what would be the pivotal case of his career, and a turning point in the international legal system – the Nuremberg Trials – where as Chief Prosecutor he successfully convicted 22 Nazi defendants for their participation in the murder of millions of victims during World War II. In this riveting CLE course, Ferencz celebrates his 100th birthday and a lifetime of devotion to the international criminal justice system, while looking at the evolution of the international criminal law and the prosecution of genocide and abuses of human rights. The course will also discuss the modern-day threats of state-sponsored cyber-attacks and new forms of terrorism.
  • Instructor Bio

    Benjamin Ferencz

    After he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1943, Ben Ferencz joined an anti-aircraft artillery battalion preparing for the invasion of France. As an enlisted man under General Patton, he fought in every campaign in Europe. As Nazi atrocities were uncovered, he was transferred to a newly created War Crimes Branch of the Army to gather evidence of Nazi brutality and apprehend the criminals. Ferencz became Chief Prosecutor for the United States in what the Associated Press called "the biggest murder trial in history."

    His book Defining International Aggression-The Search for World Peace was published in 1975. It seemed to him that there was little sense in denouncing aggression, terrorism, and other crimes against humanity unless these offenses became part of an accepted international criminal code enforced by an international court. He wrote another two-volume documentary history, An International Criminal Court-A Step Toward World Peace, which was published in 1980. It was intended to be a tool that nations could use to build a structure for peace. Mr. Ferencz lives with his wife, Gertrude, in Florida and New York. They have four grown children. He continues to write and speak worldwide for international law and global peace.