President of Genocide Watch to speak at UO April 11

EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 3, 2012) -- The University of Oregon School of Law will welcome Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, for a public address, "How We Can Prevent Genocide" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in 175 Knight Law Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Stanton is the research professor in genocide studies and prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington,Va. He founded Genocide Watch in 1999, was the founder and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and is the founder and chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide, the world's first anti-genocide coalition. From 2007-09, he was the president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Stanton served in the State Department from 1992-99, where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Burundi Commission of Inquiry, and the Central African ArmsFlow Commission. He also drafted the U.N. Peacekeeping Operations resolutions that helped bring about an end to the Mozambique civil war.

Stanton will visit the UO in association with the launch of an interdisciplinary UO initiative titled "Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent."  The initiative, led by Oregon Law's nationally ranked Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and in association with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, was inspired by the work of Paul Slovic, UO psychology professor and author of "The More Who Die, the Less We Care." The goal of the project is to formulate strategies that will motivate citizens and government to become more responsive to issues related to the prevention of genocide and politicide.

During the visit, Stanton also will speak with students, faculty, staff and community membersthrough course visits, faculty workshops, informal discussion and other events.

For additional information, contact Laura Johnson, assistant director for the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, at or 541-346-8509.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Erick Hoffman, director of communications at Oregon Law, 541-346-1665,; Ali Wayner, communications manager at Oregon Law, 541-346-7355.