Grant Hanessian and Levon Golendukhin are acclaimed specialists in the field of international law, and they now serve as the co-chairs of the Armenian Bar’s Armenian Programs Committee, following the recent, unanimous decision of the Board of Governors.  The Committee, established in 1991 in synergy with the newly-independent Republic of Armenia, coordinates the efforts of the Association to heighten educational opportunities and resources in Armenia, improve the rule of law, enhance access to justice, and encourage a stable legal environment. Since the 2020 war on Artsakh and in its continuing aftermath, the Committee’s work has expanded to emphasize human rights law and public international law with the launch of numerous initiatives aimed to protect the individual and collective rights of Artsakh-Armenians.  The Association sponsors seminars and conferences designed to facilitate judicial reform and to assist in the development of the legal profession in Armenia. Our members take part in working visits with Armenia’s and Artsakh’s judges, law students, legal institutions and parliamentarians to gain reciprocal insights from, and share relevant experiences with, each other.

Grant is an independent arbitrator in New York and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.  Prior to July 2020, he was a leading partner at Baker McKenzie, where he practiced for 33 years, and served as global co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice.  Levon is an associate in Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s International Dispute Resolution Group, where he represents clients in international investment disputes, international arbitration proceedings, and cross-border commercial disputes, and advises sovereign and private clients on issues of comparative and public international law.

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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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