The Ferencz Initiative
The Ben Ferencz International Justice Initiative seeks to strengthen the rule of law for atrocity prevention and response, promote justice and accountability in countries where mass atrocity crimes have been committed, and foster research and policy aimed at using international justice to deter, prevent, and respond to mass atrocities.
Benjamin Ferencz, 96, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor, spent his career building the architecture of international justice. In a recent Washington Post video, Ferencz discusses his experiences as a war crimes investigator and prosecutor.
About Ben Ferencz
At 24, Ben Ferencz was tasked with setting up the United States’ first war crimes branch while the Allies were still fighting Germany. At 27, in his first criminal trial, Ferencz secured guilty verdicts against 22 high-ranking members of Hitler’s SS accused of murdering over one million innocent men, women, and children.
Ferencz successfully prosecuted one of the world’s first convictions of crimes against humanity as a chief prosecutor for the United States during the trials of Nazi perpetrators at the Nuremberg Trials. Watch him speak at the trial.