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Recollections of the Last Surviving Prosecutor: 70 Years Since Nuremberg

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  • Description
    The trial of the century presented by the courtroom’s lead prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz, Chief Prosecutor for the United States in the infamous Nuremberg Trials, will lead this compelling CLE course on the trial’s juxtaposition with the creation of the UN and the global conflict over the prosecution of crimes of aggression. The course will cover a detailed overview of the trials themselves, their role in the evolution of international criminal law over the past 70 years and their relationship to modern-day legal battles.
  • 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.