Winter 2015


Conference on Genocide: Prevention to Justice

Wednesday, March 18

7 PM

Leacock Building, Hall 132

McGill University


Dr. Payam Akhavan, International Law Professor, McGill University

Dr. Frank Chalk, Professor of History and Director of MIGS

Dr. Henry Theriault, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester University, and co-editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal on Genocide Studies and Prevention

Special Guests

Leontine Umubyeyi, Survivor of the Rwandan Genocide

Ted Bolgar, Survivor of the Jewish Holocaust



World Game: A Constructivist Approach to Human Rights Museum Education for Children

18 February 2015

12 PM - 3 PM

La Biosphère

160 Chemin du Tour de l'îsle

Montréal, QC H3C

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) of Concordia University has started a cooperative project with the Max Stern Art Restitution Project (Montreal) and the City Museum of Düsseldorf (Germany) on human rights education for children in the context of an exhibition about the Jewish art dealer Max Stern (Düsseldorf/Montreal). The team is working on the design of a contemporary learning strategy for schools to combat the development of extremism. The idea of this first participative workshop is for participants to support the project by inventing innovative intellectual approaches and possible solutions. 


Dr. Susanne Kristina Anna, director of the Stadtmuseum Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Victor Khoueiry, architect & journalist

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“Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation”

Holocaust survivor and author of the book "After Auschwitz" Hermann Gruenwald will be present to give his account of his experience in the camps. Event organized by Hillel Concordia & Concordia's Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University)

January  27, 12:00pm-1:45pm

FB804, 1250 Guy Street





Fall 2014


From the Balkans to Syria: The Dilemmas of Humanitarian...

From the Balkans to Syria: The Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention

When: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Where: 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, H-1220

Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada



- Laurence Binet, Médecins Sans Frontières

- François Audet, Canadian research institute on humanitarian crisis and aid

- Laura Julie Perreault, journalist at La Presse

About this event

This event is part of Médecins Sans Frontières "Speaking Out Case Studies/Series". In a series of studies, MSF openly examines and analyses the organisation’s actions and decision-making process during humanitarian emergencies that have led it to speak out.

From denouncing the forced relocation in Ethiopia in 1985 to the inaction of the international community during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech that demanded an end to indiscriminate bombings of civilians in Chechnya and much more.

In these studies, key information sources – MSF volunteers’ written and oral recollections – are reconstructed by highlighting documents and videos from the period concerned and interviewing the main actors. These case studies were originally designed as an educational tool for associative members of the organisation. With the hope of broadening their educational scope the studies are now being made available to the public for free, on this website, the various English and French-language websites of Médecins Sans Frontières and soon on Google Books.

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Past Workshops Summer 2014



May 29, 2014, 1pm-2:30pm

Room MB 2.430, 1450 Guy Street,

Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University

The Concordia Political Science DepartmentMontreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability invite you to a seminar on the ongoing crisis in Nigeria with the Boko Haram insurgent group.The seminar will provide a historical context, as well as an analysis of Nigeria’s state response to the insurgency.

Speakers include Dr. Frank Chalk (Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University), Dr. Daniel Douek (Concordia University), and Cedric Jourde (University of Ottawa).



“Latin America's Approach to the Responsibility to Protect”

A workshop with Andrei Serbin Pont, CRIES

(Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve, room LB 1014

Montreal, QC

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) invites you to a workshop with Mr. Andrei Serbin Pont on 27 May 2014. His talk will focus on how governments and civil society in Latin America is working to advance the Responsibility to Protect. Please join us to discuss the possibility for future atrocity prevention initiatives between South America and Canada.

MIGS is hosting Mr. Andrei Serbin Pont, Research Coordinator of the South-American think thank CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales) based in Buenos Aires in the context of an international civil society exchange program. The aim of the exchange is to create and solidify linkages between individuals and organizations in Latin American countries and Canada in order to further our efforts towards the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes. Thanks to generous funding by the Washington-based Nexus Fund, MIGS and CRIES will be able to share, discuss and introduce new models and strategies that civil society groups in Latin America and Canada can use in order to engage relevant actors to advance in the development of sustainable public and foreign policies for the prevention of future atrocities. His biography can be found below.

Andrei Serbin Pont, is an international analyst and expert on Latin American foreign policy, peacekeeping operations, civil-military coordination, human rights and genocide and mass atrocity prevention. He has extensive experience working with civil society organizations across Latin America and currently holds a position as the Research Coordinator for the Buenos Aires-based think tank CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales). CRIES is an umbrella organization with more than 70 research centers, think tanks, NGOs, foundations, academics and professionals across Latin America and holds advisory status for the Organization of American States, MERCOSUR and the Association of Caribbean States. Apart from his position at CRIES, Andrei Serbin Pont works as the Regional Liaison Officer for GPPAC (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict) and is a member of the International Coalition of the Responsibility to Protect’s Steering Committee. In addition, he works as an advisor to the Nexus Fund’s Global Advisory Council. He has a Bachelor´s in Liberal Arts in Public Policy from Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM, Argentina) and is a graduate from the National Defense School (EDENA, Argentina). He is in the process of completing his Master´s in International Relations in the San Tiago Dantas Program (UNESP-UNICAMP-PUCSP, Sao Paulo, Brazil). He also writes a weekly column on defense and security issues in the Americas for SUR1810.





Past Workshops - Winter 2014

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is pleased to present a lecture by Professor Jan Grabowski about his recently published book:

Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland

Friday March 14, 2014

12 - 1:30 pm
George Rudé Seminar Room | LB-1014
Concordia University

1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W

Jan Grabowski is a professor of history at the University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on Jewish-Polish relations during the Holocaust. His publications have appeared in English, Polish, French, Hebrew and German. His latest book, Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland, was published in October 2013 by Indiana University Press.

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Google + Hang Out on the Global Humanitarian Twitterati

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, understanding that digital media revolution has transformed how we gather and share information to prevent and combat atrocity crimes, has mined the "twitterverse" to compile a global list of who's who in raising awareness online to protect vulnerable populations. We have assembled the world's first comprehensive list of the most active humanitarians on Twitter.

To launch the “Humanitarian Twitterati” MIGS is organizing a Google + Hang Out with people who are on our list, including Andrew Stroehlein (Human Rights Watch), John Hutson (@jonhutson), and Canadian journalist Geoffrey York, Africa Correspondent for the Globe and Mail. The event will be moderated by MIGS’ Kyle Matthews and will offer unique insight into how these professionals use Twitter to advance their work.

You will be able to ask questions on Twitter or through Google+ Hang Out's Q&A system.

Watch it here on Feb 18 at 1pm


Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy

Talk by Dr. Sophal Ear, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Aid Dependence in Cambodia - Dr. Sophal Ear

Friday, 21 February 2014

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve, LB 1014

Montreal, QC

International intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and laid the foundations for more peaceful, representative rule. Yet the country’s social indicators and the integrity of its political institutions declined rapidly within a few short years, while inequality grew dramatically. International intervention and foreign aid resulted in higher maternal (and possibly infant and child) mortality rates and unprecedented corruption by the mid-2000s.

In his new book, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013), Dr. Ear argues that the more aid dependent a country, the more distorted its incentives to develop sustainably. Contrasting Cambodia’s clothing sector, with its rice and livestock sectors and internal handling of the avian flu epidemic, the international community’s role in preventing Cambodia from owning its national development is detailed. A postconflict state unable to refuse aid, Cambodia is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended consequences, such as bad governance and poor domestic and tax revenue performance—a major factor curbing sustainable, nationally-owned growth. Dr. Ear will discuss these factors and others in the context of Cambodia's recent July election and its implications for the country.


Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on political economy and post-conflict reconstruction. Prior to joining NPS, he taught international development at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is a TED Fellow (2009), Fulbright Specialist (Chulalongkorn University, 2010), Council on Foreign Relations Term Member (2011), Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2011), a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (2012), an Independent Trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (2012), and a Trustee of Partners for Development (2013). Dr. Ear also serves as Vice-Chair of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, a non-profit that builds laboratory capacity in the developing world. He advises the Master of Development Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and is on the Boards of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave), the International Public Management Journal (Taylor & Francis) and Journal of South-East Asian American Education & Advancement (University of Texas). He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013) and co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013). He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia" (47 minutes, 2011) based on his 2009 TED Talk. Previously, he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations, and was an advisor for the private equity funds Leopard Capital (Cambodia) and MPIF (Macau). A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.


Boot Camp: Twitter for Human rights








When: 31 January, 2-4pm

Where : Concordia University, CEREV Lab

1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W

Room LB 671.10

Montreal, QC H3G 1M8

As part of its Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, MIGS is organizing a Twitter Boot Camp for Human Rights Advocacy, a 2-hour crash course to introduce you to the basics, purpose and potentials of Twitter. At first glance, Twitter may seem easy to use but it can be an intimidating conversation to join.

Twitter is an invaluable medium for non-profits such as MIGS to call attention to causes and promote social change at the local and at the global level. MIGS has acquired a good sense of how people are using Twitter and why you should be using it. We have tapped into Twitter to get breaking news, share updates on our activities, engage with partners around the world, keep the “Twittosphere” informed on crisis situations and mass atrocity crimes, call people to action, and solicit donations. 

The aim of the session is to learn the basics of Twitter, learn how to make it an effective tool for your advocacy goals, put together a Twitter strategy and get connected with the right people.

Find out more on our Event page

Registration in mandatory


Esther Brimmer: President Obama and the United Nations

How the Obama administration has re-oriented U.S. foreign policy toward the UN over the last 5 years

When: 10 January, 9.30-11 am

Where: De Sève Cinema, Webster Library Building- Concordia University, 1400 Maisonneuve Blvd W.

Esther Brimmer, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will speak about her experience working for the Obama administration with regards to the United Nations.

She is currently the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Dr. Brimmer's career includes serving at the U.S. Department of State three times, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs in from April 2009 to June 2013. She was a member of the Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001 and from 1993-1995 was special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

This event is organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University's Political Science Department and the U.S. Consulate in Montreal.

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