Alternative dispute resolution has gained widespread acceptance in the western world both within the legal profession and the general public, and its positive momentum has now landed squarely in Armenia. The financial drain and emotional strain of litigation are the same everywhere, and so too are the measurable advantages and benefits of ADR. 

In view of these increasingly universal dynamics, the Arbitration and Mediation Center of Armenia (AMCA) was established last year to serve as an independent, impartial, internationally recognized arbitration and mediation institution, based in Yerevan. AMCA is co-sponsored by the Armenian Bar Association, the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Center for Legislation Development Foundation of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, with support from international development organizations and international experts in commercial dispute resolution. AMCA’s initial operational budget is principally provided by the European Union.

The ABA is represented on the AMCA Board of Trustees by Levon Golendukhin. Arbitrator appointments and administration of the Arbitration Rules are overseen by AMCA’s Arbitration Council comprised of leading international arbitration practitioners around the world and in Armenia, and which is chaired by Grant Hanessian, former U.S. member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. Levon and Grant are both ABA board members and Co-Chairs of the Armenia Programs Committee. 

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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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