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The 2024 Program
July 29th - August 9th, 2024



This two-week course provides participants with the intellectual framework for understanding the numerous, complex and often emotional issues related to genocide. An examination of several major cases of genocide provides the foundation for comparative analysis, along with the exploration of selected broad themes. The specific case studies and special themes may vary from year to year.


Using a seminar approach, the program provides a structured forum for analyzing universal questions relating to human rights and their gross violation. Students will gain an understanding of the following:


  • The development and meaning of Human Rights and their relationship to genocide

  • The background, sources, causes and effects of genocide

  • How to recognize, define and predict genocide

  • The social, economic and psychological impact on survivors and their descendants

  • Gender and genocide

  • Denial, Memory, Museum and Representation

  • Destruction by attrition

  • International law and genocide

  • Methods and strategies to help prevent genocide

Snapshot of the Syllabus 

The 2024 Syllabus

Taking the Program for Credit

Many universities will give graduate-level credit for participating in the GHRUP. In this case, students must approach a professor at their university with the syllabus and faculty biographies for approval as an “independent study” or “directed reading” course. It is critical that participants who would like university credit for the course inform the organizers at the time of applying, and not after the fact. Credit is subject to approval by your university and must be authorized in advance. Be sure to discuss the options and the process with IIGHRS staff before starting the program.

Students will be expected to prepare a ten-minute oral presentation to present to the class at the end of the course. More details will be provided in the syllabus and by the Course Director at the start of the program. 


All required readings will be provided to students at no additional cost.

Oral Presentation 

Meet Our 2024 Faculty

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024
Registration opens on January 1, 2024

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