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Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is recognized internationally as Canada’s leading ideas and leadership institute for the prevention of genocide, mass atrocity crimes and violent extremism. MIGS conducts in-depth research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into mass atrocity crimes. MIGS has achieved national and international recognition for its role as an idea and leadership incubator working with policymakers, academics, leading research institutions, and the media. Today, MIGS is Canada’s leading voice and international partner on threats to human security.

MIGS is currently working on countering violent extremists through its DMAPLab, a policy hub working to combat genocidal ideologies online and work as a counter force against extremists and their ideas. For more information, visit our DMAPLab Project.

MIGS was founded in 1986 by Dr Frank Chalk and the late Dr Kurt Jonassohn. In recent years, Concordia faculty members and graduate students from Communications, English, Geography, and Political Science have joined in its work, as have colleagues from McGill and the University of Quebec in Montreal. MIGS is part of the Faculty of Arts and Science of Concordia University and exists autonomously from the university's departments.

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