Task Force on the European Union Prevention of Mass Atrocities

The Initiative to establish the Task Force was launched by the Budapest Centre to assess the capabilities of the European Union to prevent mass atrocities. The Task Force was co-chaired by Professor Christoph O. Meyer (King’s College London) and Professor Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics). It was made up of leading European academics, experts and practitioners and produced the ‘Report on EU and Prevention of Mass Atrocities’ which was released at a public event in March 2013 and presented directly to the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other key decision makers in EU institutions and Member State governments.


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.