THE STATEMENT OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIAN FORUM OF LAWYERS

Welcoming the initiative of the RA President concerning the consolidation of national potential, as well as the opportunity given to this Forum by the Government, aimed at strengthening the relations, ensuring the cooperation and mutual human communications between the lawyers of the RA, the NKR and the Diaspora, as well as at resolving legal issues of pan-Armenian significance,
highlighting the cooperation of Armenian lawyers of the Republic of Armenia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the Diaspora and their involvement in the process of solving national problems, as well as in the issue of strengthening and developing the Armenian independent statehood,
emphasizing the importance of the issues concerning the further development of the Armenian legal thought in the context of international standards,

We, the participants of THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIAN FORUM OF LAWYERS, organized in Yerevan on 19-21 September 2009,

 State

 That the reports presented during the FORUM, their discussions and exchange of ideas reaffirmed the necessity of cooperation of Armenian lawyers of the RA, the NKR and the Diaspora for the benefit of the development of the Armenian legal thought, the establishment of constitutionalism, the propaganda of the achievements in this field, the raise of the quality of the professional education and the increase of the importance of preservation of monuments of the Armenian legal thought among universal values,
giving importance to the issue of using the potential of many Armenian lawyers living and working in foreign states due to historical fate for making them participants in solving such national problems as peaceful and fair settlement of NKR issue, international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, rendering legal assistance to Armenian ethnic minorities in other states, legal protection of the property, historical-cultural heritage of Armenians in the Diaspora, as well as strengthening and improvement of the RA legal system, are establishing the non-governmental organization “Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers”, which is open to all Armenian lawyers, who would like to cooperate with the organization, and are becoming members of the latter.
At the same time we are calling upon all the Armenian communities, where there are no Armenian Bar associations or committees, to establish such organizations in the future.
We are appealing to the RA and the NKR state bodies, all the organizations consolidating Armenian lawyers to support the newly established non-governmental organization “Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers”, which will contribute to the development of Armenian jurisprudence, to the consolidation of scientific and creative legal thought around the national ideas in the RA, the NKR and the Diaspora, encouraging the participation of representatives of organizations, involved in this field, in the activities of the newly established organization and the professional network, which will be established.

We, the participants of THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIAN FORUM OF LAWYERS, organized in Yerevan on 19-21 September 2009, through this statement express our readiness to contribute to the resolution of the legal issues of national significance, raised at the FORUM.

September 20, 2009
Yerevan