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Enforcing International Law: Challenges and Lessons, A Briefing with Dr. Yeghishe Kirakosyan

Armenia Azerbaijan International Court of Justice Karnig Kerkonian World Court Yeghishe Kirakosyan

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm Eastern / 4:30 pm Pacific

In Person at the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. Masks are recommended.
On Zoom and NAASR's YouTube channel Armenian Studies.

DR. YEGHISHE KIRAKOSYAN: Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the International Court of Justice

KARNIG KERKONIAN: International lawyer, Professor of International Law, Artsakh State University

MARC A. MAMIGONIAN: Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research

In September 2021, the case of the Republic of Armenia vs. Azerbaijan was brought before the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. This was the first case ever brought by the Armenia before the World Court.

The Armenian legal team argued that Azerbaijan violated the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CERD), engaging in state-sponsored violence and hate speech targeting ethnic Armenians and desecrating Armenian cultural heritage. Following a counter-claim by Azerbaijan that sought to justify its unprovoked violence against Armenians, the court reached a historic decision against Azerbaijan on preliminary measures.

In this public forum, Kirakosyan discusses the implications of this case and the court’s ruling and share insights into the procedures of the International Court of Justice. Introductory remarks will be offered by Karnig Kerkonian, an international lawyer and professor of international law, who also serves on the Armenian delegation to the International Court of Justice in the case.

Dr. Yeghishe Kirakosyan holds the position of Adviser to the Prime Minister and is also the Representative of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights. He has worked as an Assistant to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of Justice and is a Lecturer in law at Yerevan State University. His research interests include international courts and arbitration, responsibility in international law, countermeasure and enforcement of international law.

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

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