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Canadian Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities


The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is organizing a three-day professional training program on the prevention of mass atrocity from 18-20 June.

This will be the second year of the training opportunity, which is geared towards, among others, government agency officials and senior staff, policymakers, diplomats, professionals from think tanks, NGOs, and the media.

The program will be divided into several thematic sessions presented by internationally-recognized experts in the field of human rights and international affairs.

Topics and speakers include, amongst others:

  • International Law and the Genocide Convention (Prof. Bruce Broomhall, UQAM)
  • The Responsibility to Protect (Simon Adams, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect)
  • The Role of National Governments and Parliamentarians (Kyle Matthews, MIGS)
  • The Role of Media in Genocide and Genocide Prevention (Prof. Frank Chalk, MIGS)
  • United Nations peacekeeping and the protection of civilians - Dr. Walter Dorn (Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College)
  • Remote Methods: Integrating Satellite Imagery and Open Source Data for Mass Atrocity Response - Nathaniel Raymond and Brittany Card (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)
  • Mobile Technology for Atrocity Prevention: Lessons Learned from Kenya's Tana Delta (Chris Tuckwood, The Sentinel Project)
  • Global Voice: Civil society and Mass Atrocity Prevention (Sapna Chhatpar Considine, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect)
  • Case Study: Child Soldiers (Shelly Whitman, Child Soldiers Initiative)
  • Case Study: Syria/Central African Republic (Steven Cornish, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders)

Further information about the program is available on the institute’s website.