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3rd Annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities


We all have a responsibility to prevent mass atrocity crimes."

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, in cooperation with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, will be organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocity crimes in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 17 June 2015. This program is tailored to mid- to senior-level professionals interested in the prevention and interdiction of mass atrocity crimes.

The training program will be divided into several thematic sessions presented by internationally-recognized experts in the field of human rights and international affairs, and will also include a visit to the Canadian Parliament to meet with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG). Confirmed speakers include Irwin Cotler (Former Minister of Justice), the Honourable Lieut. General Roméo Dallaire, Paul Dewar (Chair of the GPG), Walter Dorn (Royal Military College Canada), Shelly Whitman (Child Soldiers Initiative), Naomi Kikoler (Deputy Director, Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) and John Packer (Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. In the weeks ahead further information will made available on the Conference website.

Topics include

  • International Law and the Genocide Convention
  • The Responsibility to Protect
  • The Role of National Governments
  • The ICC and Ending Impunity
  • Technology and the Conflict in Syria
  • Boko Haram
  • Raoul Wallenberg and the Individual Responsibility to Protect
  • Child Soldiers
  • Hate Speech
  • The Role of Parliamentarians
  • International Development Aid and Atrocity Prevention
  • A visit to the Canadian Parliament



The Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities is open to any professional with experience in a field relevant to human rights, international affairs, international development, security, and justice. These include:

  • Government officials
  • Policy-makers and diplomats
  • Staff and officers of NGOs, think tanks, and international organizations
  • Advocates and activists
  • Scholars, researchers and graduate students
  • Journalists and media professionals
  • Politicians and political aides


As an independent, non-profit, university-based research center, MIGS operates its professional development activities on a cost-recovery basis. For the Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, the associated participation fees are CAN $600 (plus tax, approx. 15%).

This fee includes registration costs, lunches, a networking reception, and conference materials. Please note that transportation to and from Ottawa and accommodation are notincluded in the training fee. Participants will have the option of arranging accommodation at a preferred rate at the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa, and alternative accommodations with the University of Ottawa residences will be available at a discounted rate.


The intake number for the training program is limited to fifty participants. Applicants will be notified of admission within two weeks of the date their application is received. Please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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