The United Nations Genocide Convention: A 60th Anniversary Commemoration At Rutgers University On April 4th

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The United Nations Genocide Convention 60th anniversary will be commemorated April 4 with a day-long, three-panel symposium examining the past, present, and future of the UN Genocide Convention, to be held at Rutgers University in Newark.

A keynote address will be given by Juan E. Mendez, a member of the boards of directors of the Center for Justice and International Law, Global Rights, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.  He has taught international human rights law at Georgetown Law School and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and he teaches regularly at the Oxford Masters Program in International Human Rights Law in the United Kingdom. He also is a member of the advisory board of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.

This event is free and open to the public; the program will take place on April 4 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., in the Center for Law Justice, 123 Washington St.

•    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., “The UN Genocide Convention: Past, Present, and Future,” a panel discussing the ratification, history, and future direction of the Genocide Convention.  Speakers: Rutgers Law Professor Karima Bennoune, member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International-U.S.A; Frank Chalk, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University; Jens Meierhenrich, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Martin Mennecke, Dept. of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Danish Insititute for International Studies.

•    11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., “The UN Genocide Convention Applied: Case Studies,” a panel reflecting on the numerous international tribunals that have been appointed since the ratification of the Genocide Convention.  Speakers: Prof. Dennis Papazian, director of the Armenian Research and Publication Center; Sheri Rosenberg, director of the program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Dr. Joyce Apsel, New York University; and Prof. Marcelo Raffin, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

•    2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., “UN Genocide Convention and Prevention,” a panel examining the existence of a duty to prevent genocide under the language of the Convention. Speakers: Prof. Roger Clark, Rutgers School of Law- Camden; Prof. Helen Fein, executive director, Institute for the Study of Genocide; and Prof. Gregory Stanton, president, International Association of Genocide Scholars.

•    4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., keynote address by Juan E. Mendez, president, International Center for Transitional Justice, and a member of the advisory board of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.

The event is hosted by the Rutgers Law Review, a student-run journal of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights ( ).

For more information, please contact Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5262, or

The Center for Law and Justice is wheelchair-accessible, as is the Rutgers-Newark campus. Rutgers Newark can be reached by New Jersey Transit buses and trains, the PATH train and Amtrak from New York City, and by Newark City Subway. Metered parking is available on University Avenue and at Rutgers Newark’s public parking garage, at 200 University Ave.  Printable campus maps and driving directions are available online at: