Lemkin Reunion

Each year the Shattuck Center hosts the Lemkin Reunion, a gathering named in honor of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who lost his family in the Holocaust and first coined the word genocide. He campaigned tirelessly during his life to ensure that the crime of genocide was enshrined in international law. The Lemkin Reunion will gather policymakers involved in responding to atrocity crimes and assess the lessons they learned.

The first Reunion in October 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The second Reunion in October 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

On March 20, 2017, the Shattuck Center will host the third Lemkin Reunion on Syrian views of the aid industry and the impact it has had on the country. The Reunion will gather experts in the field for a series of roundtable discussions as well as a panel discussion to evaluate responses to the atrocities and war crimes in Syria.