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The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is recognized internationally 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.
- 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.
MIGS was founded in 1986 by Dr Frank Chalk and Dr Kurt Jonassohn and is based in the departments of History and Sociology/Anthropology at Concordia University. In recent years, Concordia faculty members and graduate students from Communications, English, Geography, and Political Science have joined in its work, as have colleagues from McGill and the University of Quebec in Montreal.
MIGS is a research centre of the Faculty of Arts and Science of Concordia University.
MIGS gratefully acknowledges the support of : Concordia University, Mr. James Stanford, The Simons Foundation, The Dym Family Foundation, Mr Bram Steinberg, the Tauben Foundation, Ms Annie Tobias