International Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies
(A Division of the Zoryan Institute)

255 Duncan Mill Rd., Suite 310
Toronto, ON
M3B 3H9
Tel: 1.416.250.9807
Fax: 1.416.512.1736

The function of memory is not only to register past events, but to stimulate human conscience - Raphael Lemkin

About Us

The study of genocide, a gross violation of human rights, can help us understand the conditions under which genocide and other acts of mass violence are likely to take place; it can help identify the warning signs of impending violence; and it can suggest ways in which genocide may be prevented

In this respect, the Institute is engaged in research, publication and education in the field. This is achieved through comparitive and interdisciplinary analysis of such cases as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Cambodia and Rwanda, among others. We strive to show through a comparitive approach that genocide is a shared human experience and, as such, must be the condern of all individuals and institutions.

Academic Board of Directors

Roger W. Smith, Chairman, Professor Emeritus of Government, College of William and Mary.

Varouj Aivazian, Chairman, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto.

Stephan Astourian, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley.

Yair Auron, Professor, Open University of Israel and Hakibbutzim College of Education, Tel-Aviv.

Vahakn Dadrian, Director of Genocide Research, Zoryan Institute.

Levon Chorbajian, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts.

Khachig Tololyan,Professor of Letters, College of Letters, Wesleyan University and Editor, Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies.

Joyce Apsel, Master Teacher of Humanities, New York University.

Bedross Der Matossian, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History, University of Lincoln-Nebraska.

Julie Gilmour, Historian of International Relations, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Simon Payaslian, Charles K. and Elizabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Boston University.

Maureen Hiebert, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary.

William Schabas, Professor of International Law, Middlesex University.

Elisa von Joeden Forgey, Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Richard Stockton College.

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