Symposium 2008


The Rutgers Law Review presents

The United Nations Genocide Convention:

A 60th Anniversary Commemoration

April 4, 2008

Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, New Jersey

Schedule of Events:

 Registration and Continental Breakfast

 Introductory Remarks:

Professor Saul Mendlovitz, Rutgers University School of Law–Newark

Professor Alex Hinton, Director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights

  Morning Panel Discussion:

 The United Nations Genocide Convention: Past, Present, and Future

This panel will discuss the ratification, history, and future direction of the Genocide Convention.


Moderator, Professor Karima Bennoune, Rutgers University School of Law -Newark and Member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International – U.S.A.

Panelist, Professor Frank Chalk, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University

Panelist, Gina Lanceter, Co-Chair, Holocaust Council of Metrowest

Panelist, Professor Jens Meierhenrich, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,Harvard University

Panelist, Martin Mennecke, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Danish Institute for International Studies

Noon Panel Discussion:

The United Nations Genocide Convention Applied: Case Studies

This panel will reflect on the numerous international tribunals that have been appointed since the ratification of the Genocide Convention, including the International Criminal Tribunal for theformer Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Moderator, Professor Dennis Papazian, University of Michigan – Dearborn, and Director of the Armenian Research and Publication Center

Panelist, Dr. Joyce Apsel, New York University

Panelist, Professor Marcelo Raffin, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Panelist, Professor Sheri Rosenberg, Director of the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Afternoon Panel Discussion:

The United Nations Genocide Convention and Prevention

This panel will examine the existence of a duty to prevent genocide under the language of the Convention.


Moderator, Professor Alex Hinton, Rutgers University – Newark, and Director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights

Panelists, Wanda M. Akin & Raymond M. Brown, Darfur Rehabilitation Project

Panelist, Professor Roger S. Clark, Rutgers School of Law – Camden

Panelist, Professor Helen Fein, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide, and Associate of the Belfer Center for International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Panelist, Professor Gregory Stanton, Mary Washington College; President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars; Founder and President of Genocide Watch; Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project; and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide

 Keynote Address:

Introduction of Juan E. Méndez by Megha Jonnalagadda, Symposium Editor, Rutgers Law Review

Presentation by Juan E. Méndez, Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice

Cocktail Reception

Streaming videos of the symposium:

Introductory Remarks

Morning Panel Discussion

Noon Panel Discussion

Afternoon Panel Discussion

Keynote Address

October 30, 2007 Lecture, “The Genocide Convention: Where Are We Now?”, William A. Schabas, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Lecture Video