The Armenian Bar Association announces the outstanding recipients of the organization’s annual scholarship program: Talish BabaianDanielle MikaelianArameh Vartomian, and Marko Cem Zerunyan. The Armenian Bar’s scholarships are issued from two legacy platforms: the Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship and the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship.

The Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship was established in the name of Vicken I. Simonian, previous multi-term Board member and Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association, whose commitment to the Bar and Armenian issues was both inspiring and unwavering. The Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship was established in the name of Andre Kazangian, a student member of the Armenian Bar Association, who was a third-year law student at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, just a couple of credits shy of earning his Juris Doctor degree when he passed away. Nevertheless, in recognition of Andre’s exceptional attributes, the law school conferred the J.D. degree posthumously and presented it to Andre’s family.

In awarding its scholarships, the Association prioritizes outstanding academic achievement and active involvement in the Armenian community and the Bar’s programs is also given significant weight. Yelena Nersesyan (NY), Co-chair of the Scholarship Committee, noted: “I am very impressed with the caliber of applicants. Clearly, the future of the Armenian legal community is bright.” Mariam Kuregyan (LA), Board Member and Scholarship Committee Co-chair, added: “We look forward to reviewing the new applications this upcoming year.”

Applications for the current annual cycle may be submitted until June 1, 2023. 
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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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