History has demonstrated over time that transformative movements which captivate hearts and move minds often begin with the passion, commitment and sacrifice of a few, and are often symbolized in one emblematic person. Jesus Christ, Julius Caesar, Vartan Mamigonian, Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, Khrimian Hayrik, Gomidas, General Antranik, John F. Kennedy, and Mikayel Gorbachev come to mind. For the Armenian Bar Association, that exemplary model of inspiration is our founder, Raffi K. Hovannisian who, nearly thirty years ago, had his eyes on the sunrise in the horizon ahead. What emerged is our shared Armenian Bar landscape of an evergreen and perennially blooming organization with wonderfully-devoted members in cities, states, and countries all over the globe.

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2024 International Law Symposium: Call for Papers

The humanitarian crisis for the ethnic Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) [as a result of Azerbaijan’s complete military encirclement, months-long blockade, and, ultimately, the entire Armenian population’s forced migration out of Nagorno-Karabakh] raise oft-ignored questions about the universality and effectiveness of non-derogable international human rights norms. This Call for Papers seeks submissions of abstracts for papers exploring the relationship between human rights and unrecognized or partially recognized States (viz, countries), particularly in connection with the live issues in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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