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Auschwitz Institute Releases Summary of New York Conference on Mass Atrocity Prevention
Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
30 April 2013
Amid growing awareness of the need for effective policy to prevent genocide and mass atrocities, the Auschwitz Institute today releases a summary of the proceedings of the February conference “Deconstructing Prevention: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Mass Atrocity Prevention.”
Co-hosted by the Auschwitz Institute and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies, the two-day conference aimed to examine the field’s underlying assumptions and advance a common understanding of atrocity prevention among the academic, policy, and activist communities.
The first day of the conference brought together 23 scholars and practitioners, from nine countries and a broad range of disciplines, to discuss drafts of their contributions to an edited volume on mass atrocity prevention. Tentatively slated for publication in 2014, the volume will serve as an authoritative work on the topic for students, scholars, policymakers, advocates, and journalists.
The second day of the conference, which was open to the public, drew an audience of more than 250 people from across the globe and featured a keynote address by Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire, the awarding of the Auschwitz Institute’s Raphael Lemkin Prize to political scientist Barbara Harff, and four moderated panel discussions:
  1. The United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect: An Evolving Institution
  2. Transitional Justice and Genocide Prevention
  3. Crisis Mapping, Technology, and Genocide Prevention
  4. Organizing Government to Prevent Genocide
(…) In between the morning and afternoon panels, the Auschwitz Institute awarded its Raphael Lemkin Prize to Dr. Barbara Harff in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cause of genocide prevention.
Full video of Day 2 of the conference is available for viewing on the Auschwitz Institute’s YouTube channel:
Download the report here.
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