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Newsletter - February 2020

February 10, 2020
Source: MIGS


  •  Montreal in Technology published an article on MIGS’ upcoming AI & Human rights Forum, which will be held on 15 April. Speakers confirmed so far are from Concordia University, McGill University, Stanford University, WITNESS, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Bolero AI, Global Affairs Canada, AI Impact Alliance, Nexalogy, the Montreal AI and Ethics Institute, and MILA. To register, please click here.

  • MIGS’ instititual partner, Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC), recently featured the institute’s work on social media and online hate. Please see “Addressing the weaponization of social media”. MIGS will send a delegation to GAAMAC’s next meeting taking place in The Hague next November where the topic on hate speech will be on the agenda. 

Upcoming Events

  • On 12 February, Canadian International Council Montreal and the Chaire Raoul Dandurand at UQAM will be hosting a round table event titled “Les Frontières De Trump”, moderated by MIGS Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch.  To register for the event, please click here.

  • On 13 February, MIGS will be hosting a talk organized by the CIC Montreal and the CERIUM titled “Un Canada ambitieux sur la scène internationale: un rôle pour nos citoyens” featuring former Ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Rowswell. To register, please see here

  • On 14 February, MIGS staff Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch, and MIGS fellow Michael Petrou will attend a closed-door event titled “Contributions to Democracy Support: Past and Future” hosted by Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Canadian International Council.

  • On 28 February, MIGS will co-sponsor the event “Tibet and International Law: Challenging China’s False Historical Narrative on Tibet”, in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, the Canada Tibet Committee and the MacDonald Laurier Institute.  The event will take place in Ottawa and will mark the historic international launch of a landmark report on the status of Tibet in international law. To register, please do so here.


Recent events

  • On 7 February as part of a her book tour of several North American universities and think tanks, MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Joana Cook, gave a talk titled “Woman’s Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11” at Duke Law School.
  • On 4 February, MIGS attended an event titled “UNESCO Report on Artificial Intelligence: what international challenges?” hosted by Montreal Institute for International Studies at UQAM.

  • On 31 January, MIGS fellow Naomi Kikoler interviewed Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari during The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Dinner in Boca Raton.
  • On 28 January, MIGS attended a round table discussion titled “20 Years of the Protection of Civilians Agenda” organized by the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies.
  • On 24 January, MIGS hosted an event titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Conveying its Lessons,” at the Canadian Parliament with the Association of Canadian Studies and the Canadian Senate where they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp.
  • On 21 January, MIGS hosted an event on Human Rights, China and the Future of Democracies, which was featured in an article published in The Concordian.  

In the media

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  • Phil Gurski published an article in The Hill Times titled “Canadian Government does not get Terrorism Investigations, and Taxpayers Foot the Bill.”
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a picture of his meeting with MIGS Distinguished Fellow Romeo Dallaire during which they spoke about Canada’s commitment to end work with its allies to promote peace and security.

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  • MIGS supported an initiative to name public place in Montreal after Warren Allmand. Please read this article published in the Montreal Gazette.

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