His visionary work “The Eight Stages of Genocide”, which Professor Stanton outlined to the Secretary-General, provides governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-state actors and civil society a predictive model to to analyze high risk situations for the purpose of education, policy analysis and advocacy.
Professor Stanton is the Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Besides his role with Genocide watch he is the founder and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and the founder and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide.
From 2007 to 2009 he was the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
The professor is proud of his heritage of being descended from the lineage of women's suffrage activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Henry Brewster Stanton, an anti-slavery leader. As a young man he worked as a voting rights worker in Mississippi, a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast, and as Church World Service/CARE Field Director in Cambodia in 1980.
EDU Secretary-General receives Acclaimed Genocide Scholar
Under his stewardship, the Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Organization EDU has authorized the accreditation for several organizations promoting peaceful coexistence between peoples and nations, such as the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) PATRIR and Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.
It was therefore a great pleasure for His Excellency Irving Le-Vance to receive Professor Gregory H. Stanton whose dedication to the study and prevention of genocide is recognized world wide.
He is the founder of Genocide Watch – The International Alliance to End Genocide.
Prior to his appointment as Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University Professor Stanton was the James Farmer Professor in Human Rights at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and he has been a Law Professor at Washington and Lee University, American University, and the University of Swaziland. He has degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School, and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Professor Stanton's career has not been exclusively academic and he has a depth of practical experience as a diplomat in his own right. He served in the United States State Department from 1992 till 1999, where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Burundi Commission of Inquiry, and the Central African Arms Flow Commission. He also drafted the U.N. Peacekeeping Operations resolutions that helped bring about an end to the Mozambique civil war. In 1994, Stanton won the American Foreign Service Association's prestigious W. Averell Harriman award for "extraordinary contributions to the practice of diplomacy exemplifying intellectual courage," based on his dissent from U.S. policy on the Rwandan genocide. He wrote the State Department options paper on ways to bring the Khmer Rouge to justice in Cambodia.
His Excellency Irving Le-Vance declared Professor Stanton a “kindred spirit” and thanked him for the excellence of his presentation as well as for his contribution to diplomacy and the promotion of peace.
The Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Organization EDU has recently briefed his staff on the need to be alert to current threats to peaceful co-existence and education posed by such recent phenomenon as Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and Islamic State.
Operations by these and similar organizations are causing instability, mass migrations, refugee crises, genocide and disruption to the education of children and adults worldwide.