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From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court

Chicago Public Radio recently published an interview with Benjamin Ferencz, one of the chief prosecutors of the Nuremburg Trials, that is well worth listening to. At the young age of 27 Mr. Ferencz became the prosecutor in the so-called Einsatzgruppen Trial, where (between September 1947 and April 1948) 24 members of the Einsatzgruppen were tried. The indictments included crimes against humanity, war crimes, and membership in a criminal organization.

The interview is not only about Mr. Ferencz’s time as a prosecutor in Germany but also his promotion of the rule of law and his lobbying for the creation of the International Criminal Court. Also, the interview is part of a series of interviews and reports on the topic of “Justice after Conflict“. Among the more interesting contributions are interviews with Stephen Rapp (Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone), David Scheffer (Director for the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern Law School) and Justice Albie Sachs (South Africa Constitutional Court).

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