Through a regular program of conferences, public lectures, amicus briefs, and clinical work, the Center couples research and practical advocacy to help victims of genocide achieve justice. 

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The Raphael Lemkin Award

To accomplish its mission, the Center regularly presents the Raphael Lemkin Award. The Raphael Lemkin Award is presented to those committed to combating genocide. Past award recipients include former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, Adolf Eichmann prosecutor Gabriel Bach, and Turkish historian of the Armenian genocide Taner Akçam.


The Center organizes conferences and symposia to develop, study and disseminate new insight into the social, political, economic and historical dynamics leading to genocide and mass atrocities. These conferences also discuss the domestic and international responses, legal implications, and use of domestic and international laws to pursue retribution and compensation.

Clinic Work

The Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic was initiated at the Center for Study of Law and Genocide. In 2023, thanks to a transformative bequest from the Schwartz family, the Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic has moved out of the Center for the Study of Law & Genocide where it was founded, and will formally join the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic. Under the leadership of Visiting Clinical Professor Rajika Shah, who has been teaching the clinic for the past 7 years, the clinic will be renamed the Justice for Atrocities clinic (LJAC), and will continue its influential work on behalf of victims of mass atrocities.

Genocide Scholars

The Center sponsors recent graduates who, as students, participated in some capacity in the Center’s activities, for "Genocide Scholar" sponsorships. These sponsorships allow recent graduates to go abroad to intern for international criminal tribunals or international organizations whose portfolios encompass genocide prevention or the prosecution of alleged perpetrators.