International Association of Genocide Scholars

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The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) is a global, interdisciplinary, non-partisan organization that seeks to further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on prevention of genocide.[1][2][3][4][5] The Association, founded in 1994 by Israel W. Charny, Helen Fein (who also served as its first president), Robert Melson, and Roger Smith, meets to consider comparative research, important new work, case studies, the links between genocide and other human rights violations, and prevention and punishment of genocide. A central aim of the Association is to draw academics, activists, artists, genocide survivors, journalists, jurists, and public policy makers into the interdisciplinary study of genocide, with prevention as the end goal. Membership is open to interested persons worldwide.

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal is the official IAGS journal and is published by the University of Toronto Press through a partnership between the IAGS and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (IIGHRS) of the Zoryan Institute.[6]

In July 2007, IAGS held its Seventh Biennial Conference, Responding to Genocide Before It’s Too Late Genocide Studies and Prevention, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference was hosted by the University of Sarajevo's Institute for Research into Crimes against Humanity and International Law. Preceding the 2007 Sarajevo conference, IAGS convened an International Auschwitz Seminar at Auschwitz and in Kraków, Poland.

In 1997 the IAGS unanimously passed a formal resolution affirming the Armenian Genocide,[7][8] and also sent an open letter to the Turkish prime minister.[9] In December 2007 the organization passed another resolution reaffirming the Armenian Genocide and officially recognizing both the Greek Genocide and the Assyrian Genocide: "the IAGS ... recognizes the genocides inflicted on Assyrian and Greek populations of the Ottoman Empire between 1914 and 1923".[10]


  • President, William Schabas, Professor
  • First Vice-President, Alex Hinton, Ph.D
  • Second Vice-President, Daniel Feierstein, Ph.D
  • Secretary/ Treasurer, Jutta Lindert, Professor

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  1. ^ David P. Forsythe (2009). Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Oxford University Press. pp. 4–. ISBN 978-0-19-533402-9. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Samuel Totten (2007). The Prevention and Intervention of Genocide: An Annotated Bibliography. Routledge. pp. 1097–. ISBN 978-0-415-95358-0. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Samuel Totten; Jon E. Pedersen (January 2012). Educating about Social Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A Critical Annotated Bibliography. IAP. pp. 422–. ISBN 978-1-61735-572-1. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Paul R. Bartrop (30 July 2012). A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide. ABC-CLIO. pp. 389–. ISBN 978-0-313-38679-4. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Howard Ball (2011). Genocide: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-1-59884-488-7. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  6. ^ UTP Journals: Why GSP?
  7. ^ Guenter Lewy (15 April 2012). Essays on Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention. University of Utah Press. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-60781-187-9. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ David B. MacDonald (2008). Identity Politics in the Age of Genocide: The Holocaust and Historical Representation. Routledge. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-0-415-43061-6. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Ralph Henham; Paul Behrens (1 February 2013). The Criminal Law of Genocide: International Comparative and Contextual Aspects. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-1-4094-9591-8. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  10. ^ International Association of Genocide Scholars

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