The Programme focuses on supporting the activities within the Preventive Policy Planning Programme through in-depth research, development of methodology in preventive activities, raising awareness and building up capabilities and skills of mass atrocities prevention within the International Community and enhancing coherence among international actors. To this end, the Budapest Centre intensively collaborates with its international network including governments, academia, International Organizations and non-governmental organizations.


  • Preparation and coordination of academic research, with a view to explore the background of international law and international relations and enhance the theoretical framework of the Responsibility to Protect;
  • Preparation of in-depth research with a view to support daily preventive activities;
  • Design and implementation of awareness raising campaigns and skills building exercises in close cooperation with specialized agencies and organizations;
  • Promotion of education (including teaching, research, and social services activities) related to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities;
  • Promotion of cooperation between the Centre and the International Community through conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding and implementation of joint programmes and events;
  • Development of a public database and world-map of international, regional, national and local institutions, organizations and individuals working in the field of genocide and mass atrocities prevention and facilitate collaboration among them.

Since 2011, within the Programme of Research and Cooperation the Budapest Centre:

  • Managed the activities of the Task Force to prepare a Report on the EU Capabilities to Prevent Mass Atrocities;
  • Prepared in-depth analyses on countries threatened by mass atrocities;
  • Organized skills building exercises in the Visegrad countries;
  • Arranged workshops for representatives of academia and practitioners to discuss challenges related to the Responsibility to Protect;
  • Organized series of seminars for students in universities;
  • Developed criteria for setting up research teams;
  • Prepared criteria for the application of evaluation indicators on the skills building activities of the Budapest Centre;
  • Signed Memoranda of Understanding i.a. with the UN Office on Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region;
  • Joined the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office.

Working towards Prevention paper series

Working towards Prevention is the working paper series of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.

Working towards Prevention has been designed with the following objectives:

  • Offer to those working in close collaboration with the Centre a space where to share their academic work, including work in progress;
  • Offer to emerging researchers the opportunity to submit their work and share it with the broader public;
  • Make academic work on genocide and mass atrocity prevention accessible to those who do not enjoy access to subscription journals (e.g. people not affiliated with a university community);
  • Circulate emerging and innovative research in genocide and mass atrocity prevention that has not yet found its space in mainstream academic publications;
  • Provide a platform where ongoing project can be circulated in a preliminary form in order to gather ameliorative feedback from the broader public.

While it is expected that most working papers in the series will be authored by researchers working in close cooperation with the Centre, we welcome submission from external researchers as long as they meet good academic standards and relate to mass atrocity prevention.

Submissions are expected to follow one of the major author-date citation systems (Harvard, Chicago, APA), to include a short abstract (250 words max), and to be between 4000 and 8000 words in length.

The Centre reserves the right to decided what submissions will be published in Working towards Prevention.


7 April 2015: Gender identity, gender based violence, and the Responsibility to Protect by Tommaso Trillò

Occasional Papers

Occasional Papers is a series a short position papers authored by people working in close collaboration with the Budapest Centre. The series might also include position papers by authority figures from academia, diplomacy, or policy who support the work and the views of the Centre and consequently want to share their views through this platform.

Although based on the personal expertise of the author(s), these papers are not of academic nature and reflect personal views rather than the outcome of a completed or ongoing research project.

The Occasional Papers series is not open to unsolicited submissions.


7 January 2015: Before the Unspeakable Occurs: Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities by Mark Barwick

10 July 2015: Interreligious Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities by Mark Barwick