Giving a voice to victims of human rights violations.

Legal Professionals in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Collecting Testimonials

First Inaugural International Conference

This Event Has Been Made Possible By

  • A&T Legal Group, APLC 
  • Advo Law
  • Alain H. Krakirian
  • American University of Armenia (AUA) – Host
  • Apkarian Foundation
  • Arsineh Arakel, Esq.
  • Arutyunyan & Associates, Inc.
  • Bazikyan Law
  • Boyamian Law
  • Constitutional Court of Armenia
  • Emmanual Vardanyan
  • Erik Avagyan
  • Gaspar Melikyan
  • Gateway Industries
  • Gumpr Works Inc.
  • KAASS Law, APC
  • K2 Economics
  • Mailyan Law
  • Melik Melikyan
  • Odjaghian Law Group
  • Polymorphic
  • Protto Law
  • Russian Armenian University (RAU)
  • Supreme Judicial Council of Armenia
  • The Pissikian Law Firm, APC
  • Totalk Armenian


June 1-3, 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia
Hosted by the American University of Armenia

The Center for Truth and Justice invites you to the First Annual International Conference on Human Rights to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, June 1-3, 2022. The Conference is hosted at the American University of Armenia.

Please join us in person or virtually by registering for this first-of-its-kind international conference to bring together scholars, survivors, and activists in the field of accountability for crimes and gross human rights violations during and after the 44-day war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), and Armenia.

Scholars and law experts from 16 different countries will be joining us. See below for the tentative program, which will be updated regularly.

Conference Program

June 1, 2022

Welcoming Remarks: Justice Arman Dilanyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia

Panel 1: Armenophobia: The Ugly Truth, Prevention & ODHIR

  • Minister Artak Beglaryan, State Minister, Republic of Artsakh (Stepanakert, Artsakh)
  • John Tehranian, Professor, Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • Christie Edwards, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland)

Panel 2: Study of Law and Genocide and Victims’ Narratives

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo, Founding ICC Chief Prosecutor (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (V)
  • Elke Heckner, Professor, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA, USA)

Panel 3: Gathering Evidence: How to Amplify Voices to Prevent Atrocities and Genocide

  • Gegham Stepanyan, Human Rights Defender (Stepanakert, Artsakh)
  • Natia Navrouzov, Director of Legal Advocacy, Yazda (Erbil, Iraq)
  • Maria Mingo, Partnership Advisor, eyeWitness to Atrocities (Lodon, UK)

Panel 4: The Importance of Being Sorry: Forced Displacement and Transitional Justice Lessons for and from Armenians

  • Armen Ghazaryan, Head of Migration Service of the Republic of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Ruben Carranza, Director, Reparative Justice Program, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), (New York, NY, USA)
  • Vicken Cheterian, Professor, Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland) (V)

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael Rubin, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C., USA)
  • David Phillips, Director, Program on Peace-building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University (New York, NY, USA) (V)

June 2, 2022

Keynote Speaker: Geoffrey Robertson QC, Human Rights Barrister, Founder of Doughty Street Chambers (Sydney, Australia) (V)

Panel 1: Universal Jurisdiction Over Serious International Law Crimes and Atrocities

  • Rajika Shah, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles, CA, USA) (V)
  • Maria Armoudian, Politics Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Gurgen Petrossian, Head of International Criminal Law Research Group, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (Heidelberg, Germany)  (V)

Panel 2: Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights and Humanitarian Abuses

  • Genevieve Zingg, Board Member, Yazidi Legal Network – Iraq (Baghdad, IRAQ)
  • Mary Hansel, Attorney and Legal Scholar (Los Angeles, CA,USA) (V)

Honorary Speaker: Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender, Republic of Armenia 2016-2022 (Yerevan, Armenia)

Panel 3: The Fight for International Human Rights in Canada

  • Kelsey Gallagher, Researcher, Project Ploughshares (Waterloo, Canada)
  • Christopher Waters, Professor, University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
  • Philippe Larochelle, Partner, Larochelle Avocats (Montreal, Canada)

Panel 4: Prisoners of War: Conditions of Captivity & Avenues of Repatriation

  • Julia Grignon, Professor, Laval University (Laval, Canada) (V)
  • Michael Strauss, Professor, Centre d’Etudes Diplomatique et Strategiques (Paris, France)
  • Milena Ansari, International Advocacy Officer, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Ramallah, Palestine)

Panel 5: Reparations and Restitution: The Role of the International Legal Community 

  • Sheila Paylan, Independent Consultant, International Law & Human Rights (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Talin Hitik, Principal, Law Office of Talin A. Hitik (Chicago, IL, USA)
  • Siranush Sahakyan, Path of Law, Faculty, American University of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)

Panel 6: Information Wars and Human Rights (V)

  • Lilia Arakelyan, Professor, Florida International University (Miami, FL, USA) (V)
  • Hanna Samir Kassab, Professor, East Carolina University (Greenville, SC, USA) (V)
  • Florentina Andreescu, Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, NC, USA) (V)

June 3, 2022

Presentation: Yeghishe Kirakosyan, Representative of Armenia on International Legal Matters (Yerevan, Armenia)

Panel 1: Self-Determination and Resilience: Indigenous Struggle for Human Rights

  • Sarah Babaian, Founder, Sarah Babaian Consulting (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Eric David, Professor, Brussels Free University, President of the Centre for International Law (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Karnig Kerkonian, Partner, Kerkonian Dajani LLP, Professor, Artsakh State University (Chicago, IL, USA) (V)

Panel 2: Story-Telling and Human Rights

  • Elke Heckner, Professor, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA, USA)
  • Arpi Melikyan, Ph.D. Student, University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA USA) (V)

Presentation: Alexander Lapshin, Russian-Israeli Blogger and Journalist (Jerusalem, Israel) (V)

Keynote Speaker: Vahe Grigoryan, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)

Panel 3: Quasi-Legal Advocacy Strategies for Addressing Human Rights Abuses

  • Thomas Becker, Senior Clinical Supervisor, University Network of Human Rights (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Anoush Baghdassarian, Juris Doctorate Candidate (2022), Harvard Law School (New York, NY, USA)

Panel 4: Cultural Heritage at Stake: How to Preserve, Mitigate Damage, and Punish 

  • Simon Maghakyan, Lecturer, University of Colorado (Denver, CO, USA) (V)
  • Alexander Herman, Director, Institute of Art and Law (London, UK) (V)
  • Yelena Ambartsumian, Founder, ORIGEN (Milford, CT, USA)

Closing Keynote: Judith Chomsky, Counsel, The Center for Justice and Accountability (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

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Who We Are

The Center for Truth and Justice was founded to preserve testimonials following the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh, known as Artsakh by Armenians.

Our team is comprised of attorneys and law students in the US, Armenia, and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as human rights advocates and other professionals dedicated to amplifying the voice of Armenians affected by discrimination, ethnic cleansing, displacement, war crimes, mass atrocities and genocide.

What We Do

The Center for Truth and Justice collects eyewitness testimonies from survivors of the 2020 Artsakh war. The Center educates and trains teams in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh on evidence-based interview techniques, compliant with international legal standards.

We preserve evidence and make it accessible for current or future proceedings, whether in Armenia or abroad.

Why We Do It

The mission of the Center for Truth and Justice is to be a living memorial to crimes against humanity. By being a permanent home for testimonials, the Center serves to make eyewitness accounts available for study, education, and legal action in order to foster education, empathy, justice and change.


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