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Genocide Studies & Prevention Special Issues

Institute members Dr. Shannon Fyfe and Dr. Douglas Irvin-Erickson are spearheading four special issues of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, where they serve on the Editorial Board. Each of the special issues will be preceded by a virtual workshop where scholars and practitioners will be able to share and receive insight on their projects and/or manuscripts. This project is supported by the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University, and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.


See the call for papers on the journal's website here or below:


The Limits of Legal Responses to Genocide and Mass Atrocity


Guest Editors: Paul Morrow and Shelley Inglis (University of Dayton)


This workshop is also supported by the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center.

The 20th century saw the growth of legal institutions aimed at providing accountability for, and ultimately curtail, mass atrocity crimes. Yet as the years have passed, and genocide and other atrocity crimes have continued to occur, the link between law and the causes of atrocities has come into question. As the body of critical scholarship produced by historians, social scientists, and legal scholars grows, many experts have concluded that laws and legal institutions cannot prevent genocide and other mass atrocities. This special issue and workshop are intended to address the question of whether it is time to give up on law and the rule of law as means to prevent mass atrocities. If so, why have legal efforts at prevention failed, and what alternatives should be pursued? If not, how should shortcomings of existing legal norms and institutions be addressed, and what kinds of additional prevention frameworks should be adopted?


Download the call here

Evidence-Based Approaches to Preventing Genocide


Guest Editors: Kristina Hook and Jamie Wise


This special issue will feature papers focused on translating empirical research into applied insights for policy and practitioner communities working in the genocide and mass atrocity prevention field. We envision a range of topics, including early warning, preventative diplomacy, peacekeeping challenges, transitional justice, and more. We also welcome applied case studies, including but not limited to China, Russia-Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Cameroon, Nigeria, and beyond. This special issue will be targeted and promoted within the policy and practice communities, as well as for academic audiences, so applied, evidence-based insights are also welcome.

Download the call here


Humanitarianism and Tech Governance


Guest Editors: Alpaslan Özerdem, Ziad Al Achkar, and Elana Sokol


With the rise of digital technologies and the ability to collect large quantities of data, new digital processes and tools are deployed to tackle the most pressing challenges in society. These new tools and capabilities raise questions about regulations, ethics, standard operating procedures, transparency, privacy, ownership, and power asymmetries. As such, the genocide prevention, humanitarian, and peace-building space are grappling with what tech governance should look like to unlock the potential of technologies while still preserving the values and principles they champion. For this reason, we have issued this call for papers to further the discussion and debates about this critical issue, identify case studies that could be modeled upon, and help move the conversation from theory to practice.

Download the call here

Virtual workshop session on Wednesday, March 29th, from 9:30 to 10:50 AM EST as part of the Carter School Peace Week.

If you can attend and participate, kindly please confirm with Elana Sokol and Ziad Al Achkar by Sunday, January 29th 

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