“THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: FROM RECOGNITION TO REPARATION”

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

Organized by
The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia
Under the Auspices of

His Holiness Aram I

23-25 February, 2012
Antelias – Lebanon

P  R  O  G  R  A  M

 

O p e n i n g   S e s s i o n

THURSDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

 

18:00-19:00         Introductory Remarks     Dr. Nora Bayrakdarian, Prof. of Inter­national Law

                            Address      His Holiness Catholicos Aram I

                            Address     H.E. Judge Fausto Pocar, Former President of the Inter­national Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

                            Address     H.E. Judge Joe Verhoeven, ad hoc Judge, International Court of Justice

19:00-19:30         Reception
20:30                   Supper (Hotel)

 


Friday 24th February

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ISSUES OF RECOGNITION
AND REPARATION

7:30-8:30             Breakfast (Hotel)
8:30                     Transportation to Catholicosate

 

9:00-10:30         S E S S I O N   O N E

Recognition of the Armenian Genocide and implications

Chair        Prof. Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Chair of Public International Law,
Queen Mary University of London, UK

1.- Toward a “constitutive” recognition of the Armenian Genocide: Juridical Approach

Prof. Fernando Teson, Prof. of Public International Law, Florida State University, USA

2.- Recognition for the Restoration of Human Dignity: Human Rights Approach

Prof. Richard Wilson, Prof. of Law and Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law, USA

3.-  Recognition of the Armenian Genocide and Implications

Prof. Ove Bring, Prof. of International Law, Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm, Sweden

10:30-11:00         Break

 

 

11:00-12:30      S e s s i o n   T w o

Jurisdiction over the crime of Genocide

Chair              H.E. Judge Joe Verhoeven, ad hoc Judge, International Court of Justice, Prof. of Public International Law, University Paris II, Pantheon-Assas, Director of the Institut Des Hautes Etudes Inter­nationales

1.- Representing Genocide: Crime, Rights and the Impact on Judicial Intervention

Prof. Mark Findlay, Chair in International Criminal Justice, Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney, Australia

2.-   The International Criminal Court and Genocide: Prospects and Limitations

Prof. Carsten Stahn, Chair of International Criminal Law and Global Justice, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Director, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The Hague

3.-  European Court of Human Rights and the Armenian Genocide

Prof. Frederic Megret, Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism; Prof. of International Law, McGill University, Canada

12:45                   Lunch (Catholicosate)

 

14:00-15:30      S e s s i o n   T h r e e

State Responsibility under International Law

Chair        Prof. Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Prof. of Public International Law, Graduate Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland

1.-  State Responsibility: Issues Arising from the Armenian Genocide

                            Prof. Marco Roscini, Prof. of Public International Law, University of Westminster, UK

2.- The Consequences of Turkey Being the “Continuing” State of the Ottoman Empire in Terms of International Responsibility for Inter­nationally Wrongful Acts

Prof. Patrick Dumberry, Prof. of Public International Law, University of Ottawa, Canada

3.-  Questions Related to Implementation of Responsibility

                            Prof. Christian J. Tams, Chair of Public International Law, Univer­sity of Glasgow, UK

15:30-16:00         Break

 

16:00-17:30      S e s s i o n   F o u r

                            The Right for Reparation

Chair        Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro, Prof. of International and European Law, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

1.-  Individual Reparation for International Crimes

Prof. Rainer Hofmann, Prof. of Public International Law, University of Frankfurt, Germany

2.-   Legal Action in Foreign Domestic Courts for Obtaining Reparation

for International Crimes

Prof. Marcel Brus, Prof. of Public International Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

3.-  International Tribunals Approach to Issues of Reparation

Prof. Michael Bohlander, Chair in Comparative and International Criminal Law, Durham University, UK

17:45                   Transportation to Hotel

19:00                   Transportation from Hotel

19:30                   Formal dinner and Armenian cultural evening

Saturday 25th February

 

                            ARMENIAN RIGHTS AND PROPERTIES

 

7:30-8:30             Breakfast (Hotel)

8:30                     Transportation to Catholicosate

 

 

9:00-10:30         S E S S I O N   O N E

Toward a Qualitative and Quantitative Data of Armenian Rights and Properties

Chair        Prof. Marina Kurchiyan, Acting Director of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, UK

1.-  Properties Belonging to the Holy See of Cilicia

Prof. Ohannes Geukjian, Professor of Political Science, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

2.-  The economical dimension of the Armenian Genocide

Prof. Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University, USA

3.-  Axis Rule of Turkey: The Genocidal Intent Behind Legalized Seizure of Armenian Property

Prof. Taner Akçam, Prof. of History, Clark University, USA

10:30-11:00         Break

 

 

 

11:00-12:30      S e s s i o n   T w o

Attempts for Reparation

Chair        Prof. Giuseppe Cataldi, Prof. of International Law, Vice-President, University of Naples, Italy

1.-  Reparational Efforts for Lost Armenian Properties

                            Prof. Henry Theriault, Prof. of History, Worcester University, USA

2.- Recovering Armenian Properties in Turkey Through the French Authorities in Syria and Lebanon in the 1920s

Prof. Vahe Tashjian, Historian, Project Director and Chief Editor of Houshamadyan, Germany

3.-  Contemporary Status of Lost Armenian Properties Under Turkish Law

Prof. Sait Cetinoglu, Free University Ankara Independent Initiative, Ankara, Turkey

                     4.-   The Question of Return of Church Properties in the U.S. Congress

                            Mr. Kenneth Hachikian, Chairman, Armenian National Committee of America, USA

12:45                   Lunch (Catholicosate)

 

 

14:00-15:30      S e s s i o n   T h r e e

Compensation Process in Prospect

Chair        Prof. Marie Jacobsson, Vice-Moderator of the United Nations International Law Commission, Professor of International Law, University of Lund, Sweden

1.-   International Criminal Responsibility for the Destruction and Plunder

of Cultural Property

Prof. Roger O’keefe, Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Center for International Law, University of Cambridge, USA

2.-   Damages and Compensation in International Law

Prof. Irmgard Marboe, Prof. of Public International Law, University of Vienna, Austria

3.-   Between Restitution and Compensation

Prof. Gabriele Della Morte, Prof. of Public International Law, Catholic University of Milan, Italy

15:30-16:00         Break

 

 

16:00-17:30      C l o s i n g   S e s s i o n

Assessment of Future Political and Juridical Procedures

Chair        Prof. Nora Bayrakdarian, Prof. of International Law, Lebanese University, Lebanon

– General discussion

– Concluding remarks, His Holiness Aram I

17:45                   Transportation to Hotel

20:00                   Transportation from Hotel

 

 

•   Being Armenian means being faithful to the sacred legacy of martyrs: recognition and reparation.

•   Nations live with memory; history is based on, and enriched by collective memories. The memory of the Armenian Genocide is not only an important dimension of our nation’s modern history, but it is also deeply rooted in our common consciousness. It is inseparable part of our very identity and being. This is not a theoretical concept but existential reality permeating the entire life of the nation.

•   Impunity not only perpetuates injustice but also generates new genocides. Those peoples, organizations and states who have committed genocide, must be held accountable to humanity. Justice and accountability should necessarily include reparation.

•   The policy of denial does not exempt Turkey from its legal obligation towards the Armenian properties. Within the context of reparation for the Armenian Genocide, and as a first and concrete step towards a full restoration of the legitimate rights of the Armenian people, church and community properties must be returned to their rightful owners.

•   We express our deep appreciation to all nations, governments, religions, churches and organizations, who, as a concrete expression of their commitment to human rights, have publicly acknowledged this crime executed against the Armenian people.

H.H. Aram I

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