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. 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.
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. 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".
- President, William Schabas, Professor
- First Vice-President, Alex Hinton, Ph.D
- Second Vice-President, Daniel Feierstein, Ph.D
- Secretary/ Treasurer, Jutta Lindert, Professor
- Helen Fein, Professor
- Frank Chalk, Professor
- Robert Melson, Professor
- Roger Smith
- Israel W. Charny, Professor
- Gregory H. Stanton, Professor