International Conference on Prevention of Genocides

31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014



Program 1st day -

31 March 2014

Academic Research International Legal Framework Civil Society

Registration - 8:15 - 9:15
09:15 - 12:45

1. Status of the Academic Research on Genocide


H.E. Mr. Didier Reynders

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Andrea Bartoli

Prof. Dr., Dean school of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University (US)

"Understanding Genocide Prevention".


Mr. Jürgen Zimmerer,

Prof. Dr., Historian, Hamburg University President International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS).

"New Challenges. Genocide and its Prevention in the 21st Century".
Mr. Abram De Swaan,

Em. Dist. Research professor of Social Science, University of Amsterdam.

"The Killing Compartments. On genocidal regimes and their perpetrators".
10:45 - 11:15 - Coffee
Mr. Yehuda Bauer,

Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Member of the Israeli Academy of Science.

"Can Genocide and Mass Atrocities Be Prevented?".
Ms. Assumpta Mugiraneza,

Co-Founder and Director of the Iriba Centre in Kigali.

"Déconstruire les mécanismes génocidaires pour éduquer à l'histoire et à la prévention des génocides".
Ms. Edina Becirevic,

Prof. dr. Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo.

Debate and Q&A
12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 17:20

2. An integrated International Human Rights Law - International Criminal Law Perspective


Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn,

Professor University of Chulalongkorn, Bangkok.

Keynote speaker:

Ms. Fatou Bensouda,

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

"The role of the ICC in Combating and Preventing Genocide".


Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn,

Professor University of Chulalongkorn, Bangkok.

Ms. Susan Benesch

Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Founder and Director, Dangerous Speech Project at

"Dangerous Speech and New Methods for Genocide Prevention".
Ms. Mona Rishmawi,

Chief of Rule of Law, Equality and Non Discrimination Branch at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The role of human rights fact finding in the Prevention of Genocides”.
15:15 - 15:45 - Coffee
Sra. Claudia Paz y Paz,

Fiscal General y Jefa del Ministerio Publico de Guatemala.

“Criminal persecution and Genocide prevention” (message).

Mr. Federico Villegas Beltrán,

Ministro, Director General de Derechos Humanos, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, República Argentina.

“The Latin American System of Human Rights”.
Mr. Vincent O. Nmehielle,

Legal Counsel of the African Union.

Debate and Q&A


Mr. Serge Brammertz,

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

"Between Prevention and Repression of Hate Speech: The Role of International Justice".
17:20 - Coffee

18:00 - 19:45

3. Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Genocides

Keynote speaker and moderator:

Dr. Simon Adams,

Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

"From Non-Intervention to Non-Indifference: The Responsibility to Protect, the United Nations and the Prevention of Genocide".


Sir Andrew Burns,

Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

“Symptoms and Root Causes: What does the Holocaust tell us?”
Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE,

Prof., Special Representative for Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, Aegis Trust and author of "Against A Tide of Evil”.

"Learning from Personal Experience in Rwanda and Darfur: Why our Global and National Institutions Fail to Prevent and Protect Again and Again".
Mr. Steve Crawshaw,

Director Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International, Co-author of "Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World", Preface by Vaclav Havel (2010).

"Why Governments Fail to React, and How Things Can Change".
Mr. Jean-Paul Marthoz,

Member of the Board of Ethical Journalism Network, Senior adviser to the Committee to Protect Journalists; Professor of International Journalism Louvain University.

"Genocides: The Press and The Responsibility to Report".
19:15 - 19:45 - Debate and Q&A
20:00 - 22:00 - Dinner



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