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3rd Annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Masss Atrocities - REGISTRATION OPEN

News Updates

“Opinion: Canadian leadership is needed to end Syria’s suffering” Kyle Matthews and Zach Paikin, The Montreal Gazette, 27 March

“A Syria Q&A: The Star’s Tim Harper and Olivia Ward on Canada’s expanding mission”, Kyle Matthews quoted in The Toronto Star, 26 March

“Canada’s ISIS mission: Are opposition leaders in denial?”, Kyle Matthews, opencanada.org, 24 March

“Medical students said to have fled to Syria to support ISIS” Kyle Matthews on CBC The Homerun, 23 March

“Houthi rebels take of Yemen’s presidential palace“ - Kyle Matthews interviewed by Global News

“Protests continue over Charlie Hebdo’s Prophet Muhammed cartoon” – Kyle Matthews, Global News National

“Political cartoonist conference at Concordia University” – Kyle Matthews, CTV News Montreal

"Boko Haram crisis" - Kyle Matthews' interview with CTV News

"For Prime Minister only grownups need to apply" - Kyle Matthews, National Post


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MIGS gratefully acknowledges the support of : Concordia University, James Stanford, The Simons Foundation, The Dym Family Foundation, Bram Steinberg, The Tauben Foundation, Annie Tobias, The Nexus Fund and the Swedish Institute



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The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is organizing its 3rd Annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention Mass Atrocities.

Organized in cooperation with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre,this program is tailored to mid- to senior-level professionals interested in the prevention and interdiction of mass atrocity crimes.




With funding from the Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet), MIGS is organizing a series of events to increase awareness among youth and the general public about the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who is accredited with rescuing the lives of up to one hundred thousand Jews during the Second World War in Budapest, Hungary. If this is of further interest to you, your organization or institute, please visit the project's website


As Canada’s leading research and advocacy Institute for genocide and mass atrocity crimes prevention, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) conducts in-depth scholarly research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into mass atrocity crimes. MIGS has achieved national and international recognition for its national interest approach to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes from policymakers, academics, leading research institutes, and the media. Today, MIGS is Canada’s leading voice and international partner on Responsibility to Protect issues.

MIGS’ Mission

  • Develop major research programs focusing on the prevention and punishment of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes.
  • Collect and disseminate research results to specialist professionals and to the wider public.
  • Create and advocate for innovative public policies to prevent future mass atrocities.
  • Educate students, academics, journalists, government officials, civil society groups, and the wider public on threats to the national interest arising from genocide and mass atrocity crimes.
  • Provide  professional training and build mass atrocity awareness and prevention capacity of international and national leaders in key fields
  • Develop and foster fruitful relationships and networks at the local, national and international levels by working in collaboration with leading organisations, institutions and research institutes.


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We are often able to use additional interns as new projects develop and as the Media Monitoring and the Will to Intervene Projects evolve. If you would like to intern, please send your c.v., a cover letter and a writing sample to Marie Lamensch at: migs@concordia.ca

Montreal Institute For Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8 Canada
Tel.: (514) 848-2424 ext 5729 or 2404
Fax: (514) 848-4538