In 2008, Loyola Law School inaugurated the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide (CSLG). The year marked the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite two generations having passed since the seminal treaty, and all the progress made in international and domestic law towards preventing and punishing genocide and mass atrocities, the nightmare still persists without an apparent end. The history of genocide is a bloody trail running the whole length of the 20th century and linking the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and Sudan to name an unfortunate few. In recent years, humanity has found the courage to bring to justice some of those most responsible for genocide and mass atrocities. But rarely, and with great difficulty, do victims find adequate legal remedies and compensation for their suffering.
Through coupling intellectual research and practical advocacy, the CSLG focuses on the remedies and victims of genocide and mass atrocities, aiming to help survivors achieve justice.