Legendary Nuremberg Prosecutor Delivers Promise Institute Lecture

20181012 BenFerenczBen Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials, came to UCLA on Oct. 11 to speak about his life and his continuing commitment to ending impunity for mass atrocities. The talk was part of the new Global Justice and Accountability Series of lectures sponsored by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law.

Watch Ben Ferencz's talk

Ferencz shared his vision of “law not war” and underscored how everyone has a responsibility to fight for human rights, however small individual contributions may seem. Ferencz investigated Nazi war crimes after World War II and served as chief prosecutor of at one of the 12 military trials held in Nuremberg against those accused of being responsible for atrocities during the war. Ferencz later became a strong voice for the creation of the International Criminal Court.

He is the subject of the 2018 documentary Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz.

The next Promise Institute forum will be “Prosecuting War Criminals: Challenges and Perspectives” with Alain Werner, director of the human rights advocacy organization Civitas Maxima, on Oct. 22.