Film Screening “Peace Through Justice” and Panel Discussion in Jena


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena presented the documentary "Peace through Justice – The Legacy Of Thomas Buergenthal", followed by a panel discussion in Jena, Germany, on 16 January 2020.

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.

In the ensuing panel discussion, Klaus Rackwitz (Director, International Nuremberg Principles Academy), Dr. Alexander Schwarz (Law Faculty, Universität Leipzig), Gerlinde Sommer (Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Thüringische Landeszeitung), and PD Dr. Annette Weinke (History Department, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) explored the current challenges for the legacy of Thomas Buergenthal. Prof. Dr. Thomas Kleinlein (Faculty of Law, FSU Jena) chaired the panel.

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