Second Annual International Conference




Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM AMT to Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:00 PM AMT


American University of Armenia
40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave.
Yerevan 001


Emilia Mikaelian, Esq.
Center For Truth and Justice

Conference Program

DAY 1 – May 3, 2023

9:15 Opening Remarks – The Hon. Arman Dilanyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia

9:40 Panel I – International Criminal Acountability Mechanims: ICC Including Paths to the ICC for Non-signatory States of the Rome Statute; Ad Hoc Tribunals and Others

  • Gurgen Petrossian, Lecturer at Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nuremberg Univeristy and Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Chair of German-Armenian Lawyers’ Association, Nürnberg, Germany
  • Yuzuki Nagakoshi, Scholar and Intern at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Tokyo, Japan
  • Anoush Bagdassarian, Esq., Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, Harvard International Legal Studies Fellow New York, USA and Mischa Gureghian Hall, Legal Intern, CFTJ and Rerooted Archive
  • Khachik Zaqaryan, CFTJ Law Clinic in Armenia; Student of Law at Yerevan State University; Student Presentation: The Evidence shows that MIA’s are in Azerbaijan’s custody – A Continued War Crime

11:10 Panel II – War Crimes against Armenians ready for prosecution

  • Arman Tatoyan, Tatoyan Foundation; AUA Professor; former Ombudsman of Armenia; Recipient of CfTJ’s 2022 Victims’ Rights Advocate Award Yerevan, Armenia
  • Gegham Stepanyan, Ombudsman of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Anahit Manasyan, Human Rights Defender, Yerevan, Armenia

2:00 Panel III – Recovery of Damages: Property Rights, Corporate Accountability for IHL and IHRL Violations

  • Michael Strauss, Professor, Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Strategiques, Paris, France
  • Esther Jaromitski, Doctoral Scholar and Lecturer in Global Internet Law, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

3:30 Panel IV – International Criminal Acountability Mechanims: ICC Including Paths to the ICC for Non-signatory States of the Rome Statute; Ad Hoc Tribunals and Others

  • David Crane, Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), Founder of the Global Accountability Network, Washington DC, USA
  • Virginie Amato, Head of Advocacy and Program, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), Brussels, Belgium
  • Philippe Larochelle, Partner, Larochelle Avocats, Montreal Canada

7:00 VIP Reception at Hotel – Ani Grand

Day 2, 5/4/23

9:00 Keynote Speaker Michael Rubin, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official. Recipient of CFTJ’s 2022, Ambassador of Truth Award, Washington DC, USA

10:00 Panel V – Lemkin Institute

  • Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Associate Professor and Endowed Chair, Keene State College; Co-Founder and Co-President of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaVisit the Genocide Memorial
  • Irene Victoria Massimino, Co-Founder and Co-President of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention; International Criminal Law and Human Rights Lawyer, Indianapolis, Indiana

11:00 Panel VI – Identifying and Preventing Atrocity Crimes and The Responsibility to Protect

  • Daniel Gonzalez Stier, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and Deputy at the Public Defender’s Office Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Miles Jackson, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford Oxford, England
  • Ani Tatoyan, LLM in International and European Law from Russian-Armenian University, CFTJ Law Clinic, Student Presentation: Forced Displacement

1:30 Keynote Speaker The Honorable Vahe Grigoryan, Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Yerevan, Armenia

2:00 Panel VI – Presentations on Forensic Evidence, Mercenaries and Extrajudicial Killings

  • Arnold Vardanyan, Lecturer at YSU and Academy of Advocates of Armenia, Researcher at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Chevening Scholar of the UK Government, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Anahit Harutyunyan, CFTJ Operations in Armenia Yerevan, Armenia
  • Maria Gevorgyan, Law Student at Russian-Armenian University, CFTJ Law Clinic, Student Presentation: Extrajudicial Killings and Summary Executions

3:25 Panel VII – Cultural Heritage at Stake: How to Preserve, Mitigate Damage, and Punish Destruction

  • Elke Heckner, Lecturer at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
    Till Merlin Vere-Hodge, Partner at Payne Hicks Beach, Art and Cultural Property Specialist, London, England
  • Fr. Garegin Hambardzumyan, the Head of the Mother See’s Office for the preservation of the spiritual-cultural heritage of Artsakh and the Department of Mission, Armenia
  • Katalin Andreides, International Arbitrator at Court of Arbitration for Art; Partner of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (UCAP), Rome, Italy

4:40 Keynote Speaker Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University and Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, Chicago, Illinois

Dinner at Carpet Megerian Museum (please sign up with CFTJ if interested in attending)

Day 3, 5/5/23

9:00 Honorary Keynote Speaker, The Hon. Chile Eboe-Osuji, 4th President of the International Criminal Court, Judge of the International Criminal Court, Distinguished International Jurist at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Toronto, Canada

10:00 Panel VIII – Seeking Accountability in National Courts: Cases under Universal Jurisdiction and Passive Personality Principle

  • Rosa Ana Alija Fernandez, Professor of International Law, University of Barcelona; Lecturer of Public International Law and Human Rights Law, Barcelona, Spain
  • Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford, England
  • Steve Swerdlow, Associate Professor of Practice of Human Rights, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Irene Victoria Massimino, Co-Founder and Co-President of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention; Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Siranush Sahakyan, Human Rights Attorney and Former Ad Hoc European Court of Human Rights, Judge Yerevan, Armenia

1:00 Keynote Speaker Yeghishe Kirakosyan, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Armenia and the Representative of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice, Yerevan, Armenia

1:55 Panel IX – Transitional Justice Issues in Nagorno-Karabakh

  • Sheila Paylan, Senior Fellow in International Law at the Applied Policy Research Institute of Armenia and and recepient of CFTJ 2022, Advocate of the Year Award, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Elisenda Calvet Martínez, Assistant Professor of International Law, co-coordinator of the Law Clinic for the Fight against Impunity and Assistant to the Vice dean of Research and International Relations of the Faculty of Law at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Melanie O’Brien, Associate Professor of International Law at the UWA Law School, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia



Day 4, 5/6/23

  • Visit the Genocide Memorial
  • Trip to Garni and Geghart (please sign up with CFTJ Staff)


  • The Conference will be broadcasted via zoom link. Please register to receive the link.
  • Simultaneous translation will be provided.

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