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U of T student panel discussion with Dr. Madeleine Albright and Hon. Lloyd Axworthy

March 31, 2014

TORONTO, ON – On Tuesday April 1st, Dr. Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State, and Hon. Dr.Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, will be speaking at the University of Toronto for a panel discussion with undergraduate students in international relations at the University of Toronto. Chaired by the Hon. Bill Graham, this student panel discussion will take place from 3pm-4:30pm at the Seeley Hall of Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON.

This panel discussion is an integral part of the national campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and reflect upon the normative journey of the Responsibility to Protect principle. Called the “From the Rwandan Genocide to the Responsibility to Protect: A Journey of Lessons Learned,” this campaign is jointly hosted by the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Bill Graham Centre for the Contemporary International History, and the International Relations Program at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

The Rwanda20 campaign consists of the following projects:

March 29th: A full day conference featuring Dr. Jennifer Welsh, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P, as the keynote speaker (Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Pl.)

April 1st: A student panel discussion with Dr. Madeline Albright and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy (Seeley Hall, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.)

Early April: Publication project with CIC’s called “Canadian Voices on R2P”

April 5th: Youth & Education Outreach to 10 high-schools in the Greater Toronto Area

April 15th-17th: A film festival called “Eyes on Genocide” at Media Commons, Robarts Library


The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as RtoP or R2P, is an international principle coined in 2001 under the leadership of the Canadian government and later adopted at the 2005 World Summit by 150 heads of government. R2P states that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the international community has the responsibility to do so. R2P is an emerging norm in international relations and has received much attention lately in light of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya and the on-going conflict in Syria.

About Co-Hosts:

The Canadian Centre for R2P, based at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is a leading Canadian, non-partisan and non-profit research organization which aims to promote scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle.  (

The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History is a collaborative program between Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs. With a focus on contemporary international history, the Bill Graham Centre contributes to both teaching and research at the University of through special lectures, visiting professors, workshops and conferences.

  • Media registration is available for all of our on-site events.
  • Media are required to present proper identification for accreditation.
  • For the April 1st panel discussion, members of the media will be asked to arrive by 2:15pm at the lobby of Trinity College and register in advance by emailing


For media inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Tina J. Park
Executive Director
Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect  | 1-647-228-5705  |