Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Raphael Lemkin's Dossier on the Armenian Genocide

With Vartkes Yeghiayan and Professor Michael J. Bazyler

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7 pm
Glendale Public Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street, Glendale
(818) 548-2042

This free lecture is sponsored by the Center For Armenian Remembrance and Temple Sinai of Glendale.

Raphael Lemkin, one of the most influential lawyers and human rights activists in the last century, coined the word "genocide," and in 1948 was instrumental in initiating the enactment of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (the "Genocide Convention"), making genocide an international "crime of crimes." Learn how Lemkin searched for legal remedies to punish mass murderers and prevent future genocides.

Mr. Yeghiayan will also discuss his book, Vahan Cardashian: Advocate Extraordinaire for the Armenian Cause. Vahan Cardashian was a Yale-educated lawyer who set aside his successful New York practice to dedicate himself to the establishment of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia (ACIA), the predecessor organization to the Armenian National Committee and advocate for the plight of the Armenian nation.

Vartkes Yeghiayan was one of the lead attorneys in the Genocide reparations case of Marootian v. NY Life, a case that resulted in a 20 million dollar settlement for descendants of the Armenian Genocide. Professor Bazyler is a leading authority on the use of American and European courts to redress genocide and other historical wrongs. He is the author of Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts.

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