Rescue in Rwanda: Upstanderism during the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi

Co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta Global Studies Center, University of Florida, Aegis Trust, International Association of Genocide Scholars, International Network of Genocide Scholars, Association of American Law Schools, Law & Society Association, and Association for Africanist Anthropology. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This webinar will describe and analyze rescue, resistance, and other forms of upstanderism during the genocide. Panelists include a genocide survivor who was rescued as well as experts on upstanderism during genocides in Rwanda and elsewhere. Amid an era of multiple genocides around the world, reflecting on upstanderism during a past genocide can provide lessons for the present and future.


  • Jennie E. Burnet, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Georgia State University; author, To Save Heaven and Earth: Rescue in the Rwandan Genocide
  • Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D.,Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law; author, United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics
  • Freddy Mutanguha, CEO, Aegis Trust; Director, Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Consolee Nishimwe, Survivor, the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda; motivational speaker; women’s rights advocate; author, Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope