Our research programme has been submited to an evaluation of the Ethics Committee of the European Research Council. Further precisions have been provided in answer to the requirements of the ethics review:
The programme coordinator pledges that all the ethical standards set out in FP7 will be rigorously applied to the project, with respect both to its scientific aspects and its financial governance.
Our research programme will take particular care to respect both European legislation and individual national legislations, especially with respect to procedures governing the issuing of visas and strict adherence to employment law.
When on study missions, the project members pledge to respect local rules and customs (in particular those pertaining to religious beliefs, opinions, local calendars and appropriate timing).
The programme coordinator pledges to pay particular attention to the preparation of research visits. These will be prepared with the assistance of researchers involved in the project who are already familiar with the areas in question, allowing the complex nature of local political and social contexts to be taken into account. Being fluent in the local languages, these researchers will also be able to ensure the quality of the translations of the “requests for informed consent”, as well as the quality of interpreters.
The research programme will be able to call upon the assistance of an Ethics Advisor. His role will be to provide the ERC with a report on the ethical questions encountered during the project and the ways in which these have been resolved. He will also be able to support the team throughout every stage of the project.
Acronym. the project’s full title shall be used in all official correspondence and publications, as well as in the presentation of the project to the wider public, as the administrative acronym of our programme (Genocide) refers not so much to the object of study (the trajectory of victims’ bodies) as to the disciplinary field within which this research is situated.
This programme is founded upon the principle of equality of treatment between European and non-European researchers involved in the study, particularly as regards invitations to the project’s annual conferences: transport and accommodation costs will be covered in full.
European and non-European researchers who contribute to the project’s publications (whether through documentation published online through the project website or original research in collected volumes published by academic presses) will be treated on an exactly identical basis. If occurring, identical copyright fees will be paid, regardless of the author’s country of origin.