Archive

During the course of his distinguished career, Ben Ferencz has published numerous books, scholarly articles, letters, op-eds, and communiques through the web, He has also been featured in a wide range of video and audio recordings. 

Letter
January 2019
To the Editor: Now in my hundredth year, I cannot remain silent. I entered the United States in January 1921 as a poor immigrant boy, and I have felt obliged to repay the ...
Article
June 2015
Abstract At the Nuremberg Trials in 1946, the waging of aggressive war was indelibly branded as “the supreme international crime,” The United Nations affirmed the ...
Article
July 2014
Dear Elisabeth, family and friends: Words can not adequately convey our sadness. The Kaul family was like our own family and we feel so helpless to ease the pain as we join in ...
Article
September 2013
To the Editor: Using poison gas has been a war crime since the 1920s. The Nuremberg trials made plain that crimes are committed by individuals. Only the responsible leaders ...
Article
May 2013
To the Editor: Re “Former Leader of Guatemala Is Guilty of Genocide Against Mayan Group” (news article, May 11): The landmark conviction by a Guatemalan court of Gen. ...
Article
March 2012
Re “Congolese Rebel Convicted of Using Child Soldiers” (news article, March 15): The conviction by the International Criminal Court of the warlord Thomas Lubanga for ...
Article
January 2012
John Yoo's diatribe condemning the International Criminal Court cannot go unchallenged ("Prosecuting the Peace—Can international tribunals curb future atrocities or is the ...
Article
August 2011
What Really Happened at Kampala It should be recalled that after millions of innocent people had been killed in World War Two, everyone prayed for a more peaceful future. In ...
Lecture
August 2011
May it please your Honors, This is a historic moment in the evolution of international criminal law. For the first time a permanent international criminal court will hear the ...
Article
May 2011
Your superb report “Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden” leaves key questions unanswered. Jubilation over the death of the most hunted mass murderer is understandable, but was ...
Lecture
February 2011
May it please your Honors, After listening to that great introduction, you must have expected someone to come in here ten feet tall. Well, I used to be ten feet tall, but the ...
Article
October 2010
We have come a long way from Nuremberg, and have miles to go before we sleep Hope is the engine that drives human endeavour. After some 20 million people were killed in WW1, ...
Article
September 2010
When this book was published in 1970, Telford Taylor had concluded that U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam was an American tragedy: “Somehow we failed ourselves to learn ...
Article
April 2010
Stephen G. Rademaker's April 2 op-ed ["Can judges bring an end to war?"] warned against allowing the International Criminal Court to try leaders for the crime of waging ...
Letter
March 2010
March 3, 2010 Admiral Mike Mullen Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 9999 Joint Staff Pentagon Washington, DC 20318-9999 ATTN: PLEASE SEE THAT THIS LETTER REACHES THE ...
Article
December 2009
Ben Ferencz has received several inquiries about his view of President Obama’s Nobel Speech last week in Oslo. We share the following response, originally sent privately, in ...
Article
September 2009
Abstract Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over the crime of aggression has been deferred for reasons that are not persuasive. Aggression has already been ...
Article
July 2009
To the Editor: Robert S. McNamara should be remembered as a dedicated patriot who learned from past mistakes and sought to restore America’s reputation as a leader in search ...