Film Screening “Peace Through Justice” and Panel Discussion “International Human Rights – Vision or Reality?” in Berlin


In cooperation with the Bavarian Representation in Berlin, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy presented the documentary "Peace through Justice - The Legacy Of Thomas Buergenthal", followed by a panel discussion on "International Human Rights - Vision or Reality?" in Berlin, Germany, on 24 September 2019.

The documentary features the life and legacy of Judge Thomas Buergenthal, Honorary President of the Advisory Council of the International Academy of Nuremberg Principles. As a Holocaust survivor and jurist, Thomas Buergenthal has been a tireless champion for the principle that governments and individuals must be held accountable under international law for human rights violations. The film shows the extraordinary life of Judge Buergenthal and his influence on global efforts to educate and empower a new generation of advocates to seek justice for victims and survivors and accountability for perpetrators.

The ensuing panel discussion shed light on the current state of international human rights, a field that has been significantly influenced by Thomas Buergenthal. The participants discussed whether they are reality or vision and what can be done to assure the application and respect of human rights on an international level.


  • Dr. Julia Duchrow, Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany,
  • Gabriela Heinrich, MdB, Member of the Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Parliament (Bundestag),
  • Dr. Ronen Steinke, Political Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and
  • Prof. Andreas Zimmermann, Professor of Public Law at the Universität Potsdam

Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Deputy Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy.


The documentary has been realized with the kind support of the Zukunftsstiftung der Sparkasse Nürnberg