Ben Ferencz: a life dedicated to “world peace through world law”

Defendants during the Nuremberg Trials
 “60 MINUTES” on Sunday evenings is a very popular weekly TV news programs.  The second segment of the May 7, 2017 program focused on Ben Ferencz, a prosecutor for the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.  In those trials Nazi leaders were convicted for the killing of millions of Jews and others in what became known as "the Holocaust.”  Fortunately you can see Leslie Stahl’s wonderful interview of Ben again and again at  <http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-the-last-nuremberg-prosecutor-alive-wants-the-world-to-know/>.
 
An important part of the interview comes near the end when Ferencz clearly makes the point that war turns generally good people into murderers.  His goal during much of his 97 years has been to end war by means of the use of law.   The disaster of wars exists because the world of nation-states with unlimited national sovereignty still lacks a system of law and government at the global level.
 
The interview very briefly mentioned the work of Ferencz to help create the International Criminal Court (ICC) which can prosecute leaders who disobey international laws against genocide and committing crimes against humanity.  In addition to his crucial role in the development of the ICC and teaching international law for decades, Ben has authored many important books such as New Legal Foundations for Global Survival: Security through the Security Council (1994) and the more popular-oriented A Common Sense Guide to World Peace (1985).  That book became the basis for the even more popular Planethood: The Key to Your Future (1991) co-authored by Ken Keyes, Jr.
 
Our thanks to Ben Ferencz for his life dedicated to “world peace through world law” and to CBS for calling attention to it. 

Comments

Kate Haugle

Sometimes, when I'm helplessly viewing the nepotism, numerous violations of the emoluments clause, the Russia matter and all other corruption and perjury up and down this president's cabinet, I feel like I'm underwater! I had to grade my paper on the same and can tell that the depth of the mess isn't even being considered by the GOP but I hope someone somewhere is taking notes so every instance where a Tom Price benefitted from healthcare stocks affected by his decisions or a Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III perjured himself under oath during the confirmation hearings or a Devin Nunes leaked and all the other violations of law and investigating every one...

This president is getting away with so much and the idea that his bright but neophyte son in law is handling these significant matters (Where's Tillerson, for God's sake, and could he handle things any better?) is absolutely chilling. I'm beginning to accept that we may have to live through this president longer than I'd hoped but when does someone step in as this administration, with so many vacancies in essential departments, places our welfare in the hands of these "appointees"?

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