Events Conferences

April 15-16, 2011, Stepanakert

URGENT DUSCUSSIONS IN STEPANAKERT

The topic of all the discussions that took place in Stepanakert – the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic – on 15 and 16 April 2011, particularly in the Artsakh University, in the National Assembly (honored with the commissions’ participation), and then during the international conference, was one only: “The international legal guaranties for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

The discussions were organized by the initiative of the Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers and the Center of International and Comparative Law. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Diaspora of the RA, the Center of Constitutional law of the RA, Armenian Bar Association of the USA and the National Assembly of the NKR.

The importance of these debates was more accentuated given that concomitant to Azerbaijan’s warlike threats, Nagorno-Karabakh relies largely on the legal and peaceful means for the settlement of the dispute. The NKR President’s participation and welcome speech especially emphasized the importance of the discussions. His input was not limited only to accentuation of the importance of the discussions. The conclusion was firm and persuasive: Nagorno-Karabakh has exercised its right to self-determination in accord with the letter and spirit of International Law, and therefore there is no way back.

More than ten scholarly presentations, revealing various aspects of the issue and thoroughly generalizing the international practice, the speeches of the President of the Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers, Professor Gagik Haroutyunyan, the Minister of Diaspora of the RA Hranoush Hakobyan, extensive comments by an internationally recognized lawyer Professor of the University of Hamburg Otto Luchterhandt, not only were followed with great attention and triggered active discussion, but also their further practical importance was emphasized.  

The Republic of Artsakh is celebrating its 20 anniversary. These twenty years, irrespective of the fact that it was not recognized by the international community, have been years of consistent evolution of statehood. The Constitution of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh ensures the creation of legal statehood and civil society. Standards of international legal instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, are more recognized, perceptible and applicable in the NKR, than in the state, which lays its warlike claims towards Karabakh under the smokescreen of Europeanization.

It was stated during the conference that, as in other spheres, in the field of regulation of legal issues as well, Karabakh is in need of support. It is the professional duty and responsibility deriving from the identity of every Armenian lawyer to have his active input in that issue.

Programm of the conference (pdf)     Photos 1 | 2