Prosecuting Evil – Law, Justice, Human Rights, Nuremberg Trials, and the Holocaust

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Lawyers, Accountants and Business Professionnals


2 Hours Professionalism EDI Accredited!

This Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education accredited screening and discussion for lawyers and business professionals will explore how the Nazi philosophy of law emanating from racial ideology perverted Germany’s legal system, to discriminate against, ostracize, dehumanize, and eventually eliminate targeted classes of people. The program will feature the Hot Docs film Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz as a case study. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading experts and scholars who will provide their view on lessons that can be drawn from history to address some of the challenges of our time such as the rise of populism, anti-Semitism, and racism in the Canadian society and around the world. The panel will also discuss the role of international in bringing perpetrators to justice and how the international community can promote human rights and prevent history to repeat itself.


Accredited for 2 hours of EDI Professionalism content with the Law Society of Ontario. 


This program is an accredited and/or is an eligible learning activity for the following professionals.



LAWYERS (ONTARIO): This program has been accredited for 2 hours of Professionalism EDI by the Law Society of Ontario.

This program may be eligible towards CPE/CPD requirements for other professionals. It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPE/CPD requirements.


The documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” At age 98 he is on a life long crusade in the fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continued today.


Opening remarks by:


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


Pre-recorded addresses by:


The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C., G.O.Q.
The Honourable Louise Arbour is a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. In this capacity, she provides strategic advice on litigation, governance and international issues, in particular on issues pertaining to international disputes, and mentors younger lawyers.
Madam Arbour currently sits as an ad hoc judge in the International Court of Justice and as a member of the Advisory Panel to the Minister of Defence on Canada’s Defence Policy Review. She formerly sat as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario. She has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. Madam Arbour is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She chaired an inquiry commission that investigated certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, and has also served as a member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.

Madam Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. Most noteworthy, she has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007 and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, as well as a Commander of the Légion d’honneur, and has been decorated by Spain, Colombia and Belgium.


The Honourable Irwin Cotler, PC, OC
Irwin Cotler is the Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and longtime Member of Parliament, and an international human rights lawyer.

A constitutional and comparative law scholar, Professor Cotler is the author of numerous publications and seminal legal articles and has written upon and intervened in landmark Charter of Rights cases in the areas of free speech, freedom of religion, minority rights, peace law and war crimes justice.

As Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Irwin Cotler initiated the first-ever comprehensive reform of the Supreme Court appointment process and helped make it the most gender-representative Supreme Court in the world; appointed the first-ever aboriginal and visible minority justices to the Ontario Court of Appeal; initiated the first-ever law on human trafficking; crafted the Civil Marriage Act, the first-ever legislation to grant marriage equality to gays and lesbians; issued Canada’s first National Justice Initiative Against Racism and Hate; quashed more wrongful convictions in a single year than any prior Minister, and made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.






Fannie Lafontaine
Fannie Lafontaine is professor at the Law Faculty of Laval University, a lawyer and a Regular Member of the Institut québécois des hautes études internationals, where she also acts as researcher for the International Peace and Security Program. She is the Founder and Director of the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic.

Before joining Laval University, she worked as special adviser and human rights officer in the Executive Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva; as human rights officer and special assistant to the President of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur; as a lawyer for the Global Justice Center (Justiça Global) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; as a law clerk to the Honourable Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada and as a Barrister at McCarthy Tétrault law firm in Montréal. She graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway (Ph.D. 2011), with first class honours from Cambridge University (LL.M. 2004) and with distinction from Laval University (LL.B.1999).

She is the author of the book Prosecuting Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes in Canadian Courts (Toronto: Carswell, 2012) and co-author of the annual publication Chartes des droits de la personne (Wilson & Lafleur). She is a member notably of the Quebec Bar, of the board of administration of Lawyers Without Borders Canada, of the Canadian Council of International Law and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice, where she also acts as book reviews editor.


in conversation with:


Max Eisen
Photo: Elliot Sylman for the Neuberger, 2015

Max Eisen was born in 1929 in Moldava nad BodvouSlovakia.  Mr. Eisen is a Holocaust survivor, an author, public speaker and Holocaust educator. He travels throughout Canada giving talks about his experiences as a concentration camp survivor, to students, teachers, universities, law enforcement personnel, and the community at large.  He has worked with the March of the Living, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).

With the encouragement of German lawyer Thomas Walther, Eisen testified in Germany at the trial of two former SS guards at Auschwitz: Reinhold Hanning (in 2016) and Oskar Gröning (2015).  Both were convicted at their trials. He has been an active participant in March of the Living having made the journey back to Auschwitz-Birkenau, with thousands of students, 18 times.  His book By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz is one of the five shortlisted 2019 Canada Reads books. It is a first person memoir written by Eisen about his experiences during the Holocaust.




upcoming screening

January 16, 2020
@6:30 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1Y3