Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights

UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention

           Genocide is one of the most vexing global challenges we face. The 20th century, haunted by the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, Ottoman Turkey, and other episodes of mass violence, has been referred to as “the century of genocide” Already in the 21st century, genocide has struck in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria and genocide alerts are issued with alarming frequency.

            What can be done? While some diplomatic, governmental, and non-governmental initiatives have been recently undertaken to work on genocide prevention, there has less academic focus on this issue. CGHR’s UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention seeks fill this gap by undertaking research, scholarship, education, and outreach on this topic. In doing so, it combines a rigorous academic approach with an effort to seek engagement between scholars and practitioners.

            The UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention builds on a tradition of genocide studies at Rutgers. Raphael Lemkin, the scholar/activist who coined the term genocide and worked tirelessly for its criminalization in international law, taught at Rutgers-Newark in the 1950s, creating a tradition of interest in genocide, conflict resolution. Other Rutgers professors subsequently undertook research and advocacy on genocide and genocide prevention. And, in 2007, Rutgers established the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. In partnership with UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention, launched in 2013, builds upon this academic tradition at Rutgers of engaged scholarship and grappling with genocide. 

 

Focal Areas
Spring 2013    Gender (pilot)
Fall 2013         Global Justice 
2014               Pathways and Passages

Genocide Prevention Resource Page

 

UNESCO Chair Executive Committee
Alexander Hinton, Chair
Stephen Eric Bronner, Executive Committee Member
Nela Navarro, Executive Committee Member

Rutgers Partners
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, New Brunswick
Division of Global Affairs, Newark