Ben Ferencz is one of the world's leading human rights advocates.

Fellowships allow students to do valuable human rights work

Students working on crucial human rights issues through World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law are now eligible for the new Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Law and Human Rights.

Ben Ferencz is one of the world’s leading human rights advocates.

The fellowships provide financial support for internships at World Without Genocide. Students will work on core areas of human rights advocacy, including research, policy development and assessment, and action to support initiatives at local, state, national, and international levels.

Students will be able to apply for the fellowships in the fall of each academic year and renew them throughout their time at law school.

The fellowships are named after Ben Ferencz, the chief prosecutor for the U.S. Army at one of the Nuremburg trials after World War II. In subsequent years Ferencz became an outspoken advocate for establishing an international rule of law and the International Criminal Court, which adjudicates individuals for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.

“Ben Ferencz is a giant among human rights advocates on the planet,” said Ellen Kennedy, executive director of World Without Genocide. “I am so honored that he is allowing us to name the fellowships for him.”