Deconstructing Prevention: The Theory, Policy and Practice of Mass Atrocity Prevention
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
26 February 2013, 9:00 am – 6:15 pm
Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Over the past decade, the prevention agenda has expanded to include conflict prevention, protection of civilians, genocide prevention, atrocity prevention, transitional justice, and the Responsibility to Protect. While this expansion is welcome, it does not come without its challenges. The rapid growth in policy response and civil society advocacy has left little time for critique and self-reflection. The prevention field’s underlying assumptions and goals have remained for the most part under-examined and under-theorized. This conference seeks to reveal an understanding of atrocity prevention, defining its parameters and rationalizing its relationship to related disciplines and agendas. It will result in an edited volume serving as an authoritative work on the state of the field of prevention.
The conference, presented by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies, will feature keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. (ret) Roméo Dallaire, a Canadian Senator, as well as four panels on the UN Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect: An Evolving Institution; Transitional Justice and Genocide Prevention; Crisis Mapping, Technology, and Genocide Prevention; and Organizing Government to Prevent Genocide.
Conference partners include the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the Institute for the Study of Genocide. The conference is free and open to the public.
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