The Lemkin Reunion

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 5:00pm
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Raphael Lemkin was an extraordinary jurist and activist who crusaded throughout his life for the international community to recognize and criminalize “genocide,” a term he coined. It is largely due to his efforts that the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948.

The Lemkin Reunion organized by the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery at the School of Public Policy at Central European University in cooperation with the Open Society Archives celebrates the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin.

This inaugural event in 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. It will include a panel discussion and film screening about the Rwandan Genocide that claimed the lives of between 500,000 and 1 million people between April and July 1994.


Wednesday, 15 October

Venue: Open Society Archives, Arany Janos utca 32

5 – 6 pm Tour of the Open Society Archives and presentation of materials on Rwanda by Istvan Rev, Director of the Archives

6 – 8 pm Film Screening: 'Watchers of the Sky,' a new documentary about Raphael Lemkin

WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "A Problem From Hell," WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.
For more information, stills, and additional theater listings:
Twitter: @WatchersofSky

~ followed by a reception ~ 

Thursday, 16 October

Venue: Central European University, Nador utca 9, Auditorium

5.30 – 7.30 pm Panel Discussion

The global, national, and personal implications of the Rwandan Genocide

Moderator: Robert Templer


Jean-Damascene Gasanabo
Ian Martin
Esther Mujawayo
Charles Petrie

~ followed by a reception ~ 

Please register for the event here