Director's Welcome


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR).

Our Center builds upon a tradition of interest in genocide and human rights at Rutgers-Newark. Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term genocide, taught at the Rutgers School of Law in the 1950s. Professor Saul Mendlovitz, the Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Law Emeritus, has continued this tradition, culminating in his current efforts to create a permanent UN Emergency Peace Service to prevent genocide.

My own path to establishing the Center dates back to the 1990s, when I traveled to Cambodia as a graduate student in anthropology. There, I witnessed first-hand the effects of genocide and made a commitment not just to conduct scholarly research into the origins and effects of such violence, but to seek ways to prevent it by raising awareness and undertaking educational initiatives. This conviction has only strengthened over time as I have traveled to places like Argentina, Armenia, Auschwitz, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guatemala, and Kurdistan.

CGHR has quickly grown to become a leader in its field. We have programs on topics like Genocide Studies and PreventionConflict ResolutionHuman RightsU.S.-Mideast Dialogue, and 21st Century Challenges. In keeping with the Rutgers slogan, "Jersey Roots, Global Reach," we have formed partnerships with institutions all over the world. We are creating a grade 5-12 curriculum and teacher training program on genocide and human rights that will reach from Newark to countries like Argentina and Rwanda. The Center now hosts a journal and a cutting-edge book series on "Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights." And we hold regular international conferences and thematic speakers series.

I invite you to learn more about our activities by exploring our website. Please take a look at our on-line brochure, which has been translated into multiple languages, and the profiles of our internationally renowned faculty and dynamic student associates. You can listen to podcasts of past lectures. If you go to our new YouTube site, you will find a remarkable interview with Professor Saul Mendlovitz. There is also a list of our upcoming events and activities, to which you are invited.


Alex Hinton
Executive Director, CGHR