Rwanda’s Impact: Shaping Modern Genocide Law

Date: Oct 18, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $143

Non-Member Price: $179

Section Price: $-1

Event Code: I152524

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys

Earn up to 2.3 credits! (More Information)




Zachary D. Kaufman J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law


Jacqueline Murekatete
Genocide Survivor and Human Rights Advocate,
David J. Simon, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Education and Director, Genocide Studies Program
Yale University

Join the NJSBA/NJICLE for a comprehensive program focusing on legal aspects of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and what lawyers can do to prevent genocide. Take a deep dive into the origins, responses, and ongoing implications of genocide from a legal perspective. You will gain valuable insights into the mechanisms of justice and accountability, the power of legal advocacy and the role of law in preventing genocide and other atrocity crimes. Enhance your understanding and skills to better serve your clients in the realms of international law, human rights and atrocity prevention.

This important program is the latest in a series of seminars that focus on how lawyers can prevent and prosecute genocide. Other programs have focused on the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and Russia Ukraine war. 

Program Agenda:

  • 10:00 | Catalysts of Catastrophe: Understanding the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda - David J. Simon, Ph.D
    Discover the complex historical and socio-political events that culminated in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Our expert faculty will:
    - Illuminate the historical context and both longer-term and immediate causes of the genocide.
    - Analyze the roles of local and international actors in the escalation and response.
    - Discuss the application of digital technology in documenting and preventing atrocity crimes.

  • 10:40 | Courts of Justice: Prosecuting Genocide Perpetrators - Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D.
    Examine the four main legal methods that have responded to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: Rwanda’s ordinary courts, Rwanda’s innovative Gacaca courts, foreign courts and the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). You will gain insights into the international, foreign and domestic legal mechanisms employed post-genocide and:
    - Detail the creation, function, and achievements of the ICTR.
    - Explore the evolution of international legal frameworks for addressing genocide and related crimes.
    - Assess the impacts and legacies of these judicial processes on international law.

  • 11:30 | Preventing Atrocities: Legal Strategies and Human Rights - Jacqueline Murekatete
    Learn real-life lessons from a survivor’s perspective about the intersection of law, human rights and advocacy in genocide prevention. Join this unique session to:
    - Explore the influence of survivor testimonies on legal reforms and human rights advocacy.
    - Analyze the effectiveness and evolution of international legal responses to genocide.
    - Identify challenges in the prosecution of genocide and strategies to overcome them.

  • 11:50 | Q&A Session with All Presenters
    Engage with our speakers in a live Q&A session, posing your questions about the legal intricacies discussed.

  • 12:00 | Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 2.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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