Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education // Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Jan 16, 2020 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:83 min
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Barry Avrich


Law, Justice, Human Rights, Nuremberg Trials and the Holocaust

About the film
After the Holocaust camps were liberated, Ferencz became a lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. He prosecuted 22 Einsatzgruppen Nazis responsible for murdering over a million Jews. Called the biggest murder trial in history, Ferencz was only 27, and it was his first case. He would go on to advocate to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the holocaust and later the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today. Prosecuting Evil explores Ferencz’s anthem to the world underscored by a simple message: “We must live in a world where the rule of law replaces the rule of force.”

Followed by an expert panel discussion about how the Nazi philosophy of law—emanating from racial ideology—perverted Germany's legal system, as well as the role of international law in bringing the perpetrators to justice and constructing a system of international human rights aimed at preventing history from repeating itself. The panel will also touch on ways to counter the current rise of populism, anti-Semitism, and racism in Canada and around the world.

Opening remarks by:

  • Dara Solomon, Director, UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, and Executive Director, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

Pre-recorded addresses by:

  • The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C., G.O.Q.
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, PC, OC


  • Fannie Lafontaine, Lawyer; Law Faculty of Laval University; Founder & Director, International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic
  • Max Eisen, Holocaust Survivor, Author, Public Speaker and Holocaust Educator

This program contains 2 hours of EDI Professionalism Content accredited by the Law Society of Ontario. It is also eligible towards other professionals' CPD requirements such as lawyers from other Canadian provinces, accountants (CPA), investment professionals (CFA) and other business professionals. Please refer to your professional organization's website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPD requirements.
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Additional Information

Tickets: $49.99 (Members: $37.50)

Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education: Earn CPE/CPD credits with documentary case studies and panel discussions with leading experts, scholars and practitioners.

Program presented in partnership with

Bronze Partner

Official Supporters

CFA Society Toronto

NATO Association of Canada

Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre


Universite Laval