6th Lemkin Reunion: Values in Retreat? Is the Resurgence of “Transactional” Foreign Policy Hindering the Prevention of Mass Atrocities and the Promotion of the Rule of Law?

23-24 Apr 2020 | Shattuck Center, School for Public Policy, Central European University Budapest

In the past decade, the world has been tested by serious breaches of international norms and standards. These have included alleged acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Syria and Myanmar, unprovoked military aggression by Russia in Ukraine, mass persecution of minorities in China, and systematic incarceration of journalists and academics in China, Turkey, and elsewhere. Nationalist quasi-autocratic leaders in EU Member States have assaulted and rolled back democratic norms and the rule of law, while the Philippines’ president has institutionalized state-orchestrated violent oppression. Today, the bar to being considered an outcast nation is exceedingly high. Although the above examples have prompted condemnation, and in some cases, sanctions, so far, the international community has failed to take concerted action to stop or punish behavior that so clearly breaches international principles. The increasingly “transactional” nature of the international system has enabled most offenders to maintain and continue to benefit from “business-as-usual” trade and diplomatic relations across the community of nations.

The 6th Lemkin Reunion will examine these trends, discuss the challenges they pose for the prevention and punishment of atrocities and promotion of the rule of law, and propose ways forward.

The Shattuck Center invites practitioners, experts and scholars at all levels to present papers and articles at the 6th annual Lemkin Reunion. Applicants should send their CVs and brief abstracts to

More information and call for applications