Published on: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
On February 5 the Journal of Law and Public will host “The Armenian Genocide Within the Framework of National and International Law” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law. The symposium is jointly organized by and Sponsored by the Journal of Law and Public Policy and The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) in Conjunction with the Cafesjian Family Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation.
While various tribunals were established to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity after WWII, Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court was established in Rome in 2002, they have had little effect on the punishment or prevention of genocide. It has been argued that this relative ineffectiveness has contributed over the years to the emboldening of those who would consider perpetrating genocide, such as in Darfur today.
With the current trend of globalization, the disappearing of linguistic and economic borders, the tripling of the world’s population since WWII, and the increasing scarcity of the resources to sustain life, the opportunities for intra-national and international conflict, including genocide, are ever greater. The immense cost of the destruction, the mass movement of refugees, and the clean-up after genocide will fall to the most humanitarian nations. It is therefore in their national interest, as well as that of the rest of the world, to create an effective international legal regime for the punishment and prevention of genocide.
In this context, the conference explores the Armenian Genocide, the archetype of modern genocide, as a case study in various aspects of national and international law on genocide.
The symposium will bring together scholars and members of the Armenian community. It will also host those working in international law including at the Hague. CLE credit has been applied for.