Donald M. Ferencz is a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University School of Law and the Convenor of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression. He served as an NGO advisor to the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, charged with developing amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, defining the crime of aggression and setting forth the circumstances under which the Court may exercise its aggression jurisdiction. His work in the field of international justice focuses primarily on strengthening the rule of law through universalization of the core crimes of the International Criminal Court, and he remains actively involved in the global campaign to criminalize the unlawful use of armed force, both internationally and within national criminal codes.


Lecture: “The Fight to End Impunity for the Illegal Use of Force: Where Things Stand, and Where They’re Going”, Summer School Masterclass on “Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities” at the University of Zadar, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 9 July 2015.

Lecture: “Criminalizing the Illegal Use of Force: Aggression, A Crime Against Humanity”, The Joint Jindal Global Law School (India) and Somerville College Summer School in International Law and Global Governance, Somerville College, Oxford, 14 July, 2015. 

Co-author of article for Oxford University Press: Compilation of essays on international justice, essay entitled “Criminalizing the Illegal Use of Force: An Essay in Three Parts”, co-authored with Benjamin B. Ferencz, for a book edited by William Schabas, expected publication summer 2015.

Article for Book Series: “Accountability for the Murderous Consequences of the Illegal Use of Armed Force”,” to appear In the AFLA Book Series, in a publication on the ICC and Africa, published by Africa Legal Aid, expected publication spring, 2015.


  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, B.A. in Peace Studies, 1974

  • Canadian Peace Research Institute, Summer Program 1972

  • State University of New York at Cortland, Master’s Degree in Education, 1975

  • Pace University School of Law and Graduate School of Business, J.D. and M.B.A., 1983 and 1984; Member of Law Review. Summer program in law at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, 1981. Internships with New York State Supreme Court, Federal Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

  • Member, Senior Common Room, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 2011 – 2014

  • Research Associate, Centre for Criminology of the Universityof Oxford Faculty of Law, 2015

  • Visiting Professor, Middlesex University School of Law, London, England, current appointment 2012 to 2015

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