Griffith in fight against genocide

Alex Bellamy, Professor of International Security with the Griffith Asia Institute, will be taking part in high level discussions at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, convened the talks on 5 September 2012 to emphasise the need for a collective approach to the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Following an opening address by UN Secretary-General, His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, there will be an expert panel discussion in which Professor Bellamy will be taking part.

At the 2005 World Summit, leaders formally accepted that it is the responsibility of each State to protect its people from genocide. It was also agreed that when any State fails to meet that responsibility, the international community must be prepared to take collective action through appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other means to protect people at risk .

This General Assembly dialogue in which Professor Bellamy will be taking part will provide a forum for Member States to interact with expert panellists, to assess if the international community is meeting this responsibility.

Pro Vice Chancellor of the Griffith Business School, Professor Michael Powell said Professor Bellamy’s involvement in such high level discussions reflected the University’s commitment to addressing global issues.

“Professor Bellamy is an outstanding scholar with a strong international reputation particularly in the area of civil wars, and genocide prevention,” Pro Vice Chancellor Powell said.

“As Griffith University is a leading provider of politics, public policy, government and international relations research and education in Australia we are very proud of Professor Bellamy’s role in these vitally important discussions.”