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The Legacy of Nuremberg: Benjamin Ferencz Examines the Current State of International Criminal Law

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  • Description
    The Nuremberg Trials, deemed the “biggest murder trial in history,” was not the first tribunal to debate the legalities of warfare, but it may be the most far-reaching. Prosecuting twenty-two defendants charged with the murder of over a million people, Chief Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz established a legal precedent that gave rise to an international criminal court and world better prepared for the protection of human rights. In this riveting CLE course, Benjamin Ferencz, will present the case from the insiders perspective and explain how it served as the starting point for the Rome Statute, the conference that established an international criminal court and his role in the its inception and the Preparatory Commission Sessions for its formation. Ferencz will explain his role as a consultant to monitor its efforts to define aggression, to mobilize support for the ICC and address the misinformation often propagated by the media.
  • 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.