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News Updates

October 24

"Advancing social justice at Concordia"

In this video by Jonah Aspler, a graduate of the Department of Journalism, Concordia’s human rights and social justice experts, including Frank Chalk and Kyle Matthews, discuss how their projects aim to improve social justice

October 3

"In confronting genocide, Canada puts Raoul Wallenberg's legacy into practice" Kyle Matthews, Canada International Council

September 18

"REKOM" cites the research of MIGS' Assistant Director Prof. Max Bergholz in its most recent official statement to commemorate the International Day of Missing Persons


September 17

Ahead of MIGS’ Raoul Wallenberg events across North America, Assistant to the Director Marie Lamensch published an article in the Huffington Post Quebec titled “Raoul Wallenberg: l'héritage d'un héros”

September 14

Max Bergholz: “‘As If Nothing Ever Happened:’ Massacres, Missing Corpses, and Silence in a Bosnian Community.” In Élisabett Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus, eds., Destruction and Human Remains. Disposal and Concealment in Genocide and Mass Violence.

September 3

Kyle Matthews “Why ISIS is the greatest threat to global stability” – CJAD Barry Morgan Show

Also on CBC Ontario Morning (sept 4)

September 2

Kyle Matthews: “Stop Islamic State now, before it’s too late” - The Gazette


August 22

Kyle Matthews: Carving out a Caliphate - CTV National News

Kyle Matthews: Digging for Truth in Guatemala Canadian International Council

August 21

Kyle Matthews sat down with Mutsumi Takahashi at CTV Montreal to discuss the rise of the Islamic State.

August 12

Kyle Matthews discusses the situation in Iraq and threats posed by ISIS - Global TV Montreal.

August 11

Transatlantic Dialog on R2P: Kyle Matthews on "R2P in Libya, why not Syria"

August 8

Video: Highlights of MIGS' Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities. Watch it here.

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



Our Projects        

Will to Intervene Project

Media Monitoring Project

Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab





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.


Past Project

Life Stories



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