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The Biggest Murder Trial in History: The Evolution and Status of International Criminal Law

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  • Description
    At the tender age of twenty-seven, Benjmain Ferencz, as Chief Prosecutor for the United States in what the Associated Press called "the biggest murder trial in history," tried and convicted twenty-two defendants with murdering over a million people. In this case, Ferencz established a legal precedent which eventually gave rise to the international criminal court after gaining support from the Rome Statute in 1998, at which time Ferencz declared, “an international criminal court - the missing link in the world legal order - is within our grasp.” Ferencz has remained active at the Preparatory Commissions sessions for the ICC and has continued to mobilize support and respond to an often misinformed media and public.
  • 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.