Benjamin Berell Ferencz (born March 11, 1920) is an American lawyer. He was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the chief prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the 12 military trials held by the U.S. authorities at Nuremberg, Germany. Later, he became an advocate of the establishment of an international rule of law and of an International Criminal Court. From 1985 to 1996, he was adjunct professor of international law at Pace University. See more »
Interesting insight into the evolution of international law...
Fascinating retrospective of a man and of a story that ought to be compulsory viewing in schools. There is something both aspirational and humble about Ben Ferencz and his tireless efforts since after the end of WWII to help establish an international standard of jurisprudence. We hear from him and see him in what could only be described as his "modest" home and it all lends to his credibility as a genuine humanitarian. The use of archive is sparing and therefore seems, somehow, more potent. More of an observation, than a criticism: but I would have liked to have seen a broader range of contributors here - especially from the nations (e.g. France and the UK) with long-established commitments to justice both domestically and overseas . Partly to further cement Ferencz' own contribution but also to emphasise the truly collaborative nature of many of his achievements. At times the editorial narrative does come across as a bit too US-centric
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