A Warning From History? The Nuremberg Trials 75 Years Later


In the wake of the Holocaust, prosecutors at the 1945 Nuremberg Trials faced a daunting task: seeking justice for an unfathomable crime. Commemorating Nuremberg’s 75th anniversary, we invite you to join us for a series of thought-provoking virtual programs on the history and legacy of the Trials, lessons for a world still plagued by genocide, and the challenges we still confront in seeking justice today.

4.50 Illinois MCLE Professional Responsibility Credits available. Participants must attend the opening keynote and both plenaries to receive full credit. Registration is $25 per session (1.50 credits) or $75 total for all three sessions (4.50 credits). Fee waivers or discounted program fees for those in need available. To apply, please email Wendy.Singer@ilhmec.org and submit an explanation stating why the fee associated with the program causes the lawyer financial hardship. Fee waivers or discounted program fees will be awarded on a space-available basis, with preference given to applicants in order of date submitted.


Opening Keynote
Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: The Legacy of Nuremberg 

Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm (CST)

Harvard Law School 300th Anniversary University Professor and former Dean Martha Minow, regarded internationally as a leading voice for justice and champion for human rights, will deliver the opening keynote. Hear from one of our greatest legal minds as she offers a compelling examination of the legacy of Nuremberg, the rule of law, and addresses why seeking justice for mass atrocities like the Holocaust requires a balance between vengeance and forgiveness.





1.50 Illinois MCLE Professional Responsibility Credits available.

General public registration:

MCLE registration:


Plenary One
The Audacity of Justice: Remembering Nuremberg

Monday, November 9, 1:00 pm (CST)

Convened within months of the end of World War II, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg was a galvanizing event in history, marking a watershed moment in modern law. The first panel will explore how the Trial attempted to seek justice in the face of the unprecedented crimes planned and implemented by Nazi Germany, the legal and political challenges of the Trial, and the impact on the world today.

The discussion will be moderated by John M. Geiringer (Chicago-Kent College of Law), with panelists John Q. Barrett (St. John’s University and Robert H. Jackson Center), Hon. Melissa C. Jackson (New York Judge & granddaughter of Chief United States Prosecutor at Nuremberg, Justice Robert H. Jackson), and Thomas Weigend (University of Cologne).



1.50 Illinois MCLE Professional Responsibility Credits available.

General public registration:

MCLE registration:



Plenary Two
Search for Justice: The Prosecutors of Evil  

Monday, November 9, 3:00 pm (CST)

Following the Trial of Major War Criminals, there were 12 additional trials held at Nuremberg. Known as the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials (December 1946 to April 1949), 177 high-ranking physicians, judges, industrialists, S.S. and police commanders, military personnel, civil servants, and diplomats were tried. This panel will discuss the role of key U.S. prosecutors in the Nuremberg Trials, Bernard Meltzer, Telford Taylor, Benjamin B. Ferencz, and Whitney Harris. Panelists will explore the impact the Trials had on revealing the extent to which the German leadership class supported the Nazi dictatorship and the lasting legal and human rights legacy of these four men today.

The discussion will be moderated by Ian Hurd (Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, Northwestern University), with panelists Benjamin B. Ferencz (Chief Prosecutor for the U.S. in the Einsatzgruppen Case), Geoffrey R. Stone (former Dean, University of Chicago Law School), and Leila Nadya Sadat (Washington University School of Law & Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute).


Closing Keynote – The Nuremberg Principles: Lessons for Today
Anticipated Start at 4:15 pm (CST)

Renowned constitutional law scholar Laurence H. Tribe (Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School) will deliver closing remarks. A member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1968, Tribe is regarded as the most influential figure in American Constitutional history, with the most widely read treatise, having trained a dazzling array of “impactful citizens” from President Barack Obama and Justice Elena Kagan to Chief John Roberts and countless others.




1.50 Illinois MCLE Professional Responsibility Credits available.

General public registration:

MCLE registration:



Kristallnacht Commemoration

Monday, November 9, 6:30 pm (CST)

On the evening of November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a horrific assault of devastating pogroms that marked the beginning of the Holocaust and would eventually become known as Kristallnacht – the “Night of Broken Glass.” Although we cannot gather in-person, we invite you to join us online as we commemorate the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht with a virtual program of remembrance and reflection.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. 

This virtual commemoration is conducted in memory of the Heimann Family from the village in which they had their roots – Demmelsdorf, located in Upper Franconia, Germany. Special support is also provided by Doris Baer of Chicago.



Nuremberg Symposium Lead Sponsors:

Robert A. Stein, Everett Fraser Professor of Law
Distinguished Global Professor
University of Minnesota Law School


Community Partners: 84th Great Lakes Training Division; Asian American Bar Association Chicago; Association of Descendants of the Shoah; CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center; Center for National Security and Human Rights Law at Chicago–Kent College; Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; Decalogue Society of Lawyers; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois; Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh; Jewish Judges Association of Illinois; Jewish Museum Milwaukee; Memorium Nuremberg Trials; Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center; National WWII Museum; North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El; Sheerit HaPlaitah; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois


  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Youtube
  • Museum Blog