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Raphael Lemkin, who taught at Rutgers during the mid-1950s, had a dream: to end genocide. In 1944, he coined the word genocide and successfully fought for its 1948 criminalization in international law. CGHR’s Raphael Lemkin Project honors this legacy by hosting annual events:

(a) an annual Raphael Lemkin Awardheld each year around December 9, the date of the UN Convention and the new International Genocide Remembrance and Prevention Day;

(b) a lecture by survivorson the January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and

(c) a Raphael Lemkin Lecture during the April Genocide Awareness month.

>In addition, the project recognizes distinguished students as Raphael Lemkin Student Fellows each year. 

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Raphael Lemkin Engaged Scholar Award

Renowned scholar Robert Jay Lifton receives Raphael Lemkin Engaged Scholar Award

The first event, the inaugural Raphael Lemkin Engaged Scholar Award and Lecture was held on December 5, 2017 -- the anniversary of the UN Convention on Genocide and the International Day for Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide.

Inaugural Raphael Lemkin Lecture

Between Resentfulness and Resentment

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2018 Raphael Lemkin Student Fellows


zala jalili student lemkin 2018 fellow

Zala Jalili Is a recent graduate from Rutgers University – School of Arts & Sciences-Newark, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science. She is a volunteer for Women for Afghan Women, a grassroots organization that helps protect the rights of Afghan women in New York and throughout Afghanistan. Zala is fluent in both English and Farsi, and hopes to use her bilingualism to help protect the basic rights of incoming refugees. As an Afghan woman, she is deeply passionate about defending the rights of women and their access to education. She looks forward to her experience with CGHR, especially learning more about conflict resolution, so she can help protect individuals in need in the future.
2018 Lemkin fellow Kelsey LizottiKelsey Lizotte is a doctoral candidate in the Division of Global Affairs and part-time lecturer in the Political Science Department at Rutgers- Newark. She also serves as program assistant in the Graduate English Language Learners program at Rutgers- New Brunswick. Kelsey received an M.S. from the Division of Global Affairs (Conflict and Human Rights) in 2015, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Africana and Latino Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2013. Kelsey spent the final semester of her undergraduate studies carrying out independent research on reparations, and a court monitoring internship with the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law in Sierra Leone. Since that time, she has also interned with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, as well as Human Rights First in the Refugee Representation Program. These past experiences have greatly shaped her primary interests in global, transitional and social justice, as well as political violence and conflict resolution. Kelsey’s doctoral dissertation, Rethinking Reparations: Repairing the Past and Transforming History, seeks to interrogate assumptions about the legalistic, individual and transactional nature of reparations politics—proposing a way forward which is centered on democratic participation and structural reform.