Ben Ferencz

Nuremberg Prosecutor and Lifelong Advocate for the International Rule of Law

Ben Ferencz began his career, after graduating from Harvard Law School, as the Chief Prosecutor of the Einsatzgruppen Trial at Nuremberg, which the Associated Press called “the biggest murder trial in history.” Born in 1920, he remains a dedicated advocate for human rights and is a staunch supporter of criminalizing the illegal use of force in global affairs. He has lectured and written widely on the need for a system of international law based on law, courts and enforcement, and was invited to present the closing remarks in the first case of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the trial of Thomas Lubango Dyilo. He has been a lifetime advocate for the international rule of law and the establishment of an International Criminal Court. See his personal website,, for a comprehensive listing of his numerous books, articles, and speeches.


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