About Us

We research, practice, and support peacebuilding and conflict resolution approaches to ending genocide and mass atrocities.

Sixte Vigny Nimuraba started the Burundian Nonviolence Network in 2015 (Photo: 2017)

Sixte Vigny Nimuraba started the Burundian Nonviolence Network in 2015 (Photo: 2017)


Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Ph.D., Director

Emily Sample, Executive Director

Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, Ph.D., Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives

History of the Program

The Genocide Prevention Program (GPP), located at the Center for Peacemaking Practice in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, was founded in 2007 by Andrea Bartoli to engage United Nations Member States and other regional and sub-regional organizations in building a network of states and local communities committed to preventing genocide and mass atrocities. Under the directorship of Tetsushi Ogata from 2011 to 2015, the GPP supported initiatives and helped build grassroots networks across the world committed to ending mass violence and mass atrocities. In 2015 Douglas Irvin-Erickson took over as GPP director. In 2019, the program was renamed The Raphaël Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program to represent the growing diversity of the practice, research, and advocacy projects of our graduate students, fellows, and associates. Over the years, we have built lasting partnerships with national governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and local communities around the world. All of our work is guided by our belief that genocide is a global phenomenon requiring global solutions. 


Raphaël Lemkin

Originator of the word “genocide” and leader of the global movement to outlaw genocide at the United Nations

Some scholarship on Lemkin. Click on the pictures of the books and journals to learn more.