The Armenian Genocide Conference at ASU
A big thanks to all of our donors who helped us raise 110% of our goal! With the funds raised, we were able to put on a memorable conference. If you would still like to contribute to the ASU Law Students Armenian Genocide Committee, gifts can now be made here: http://www.asufoundation.org/100yearslater. 100 Years Later: the ASU Armenian Genocide at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is a two-day conference that will feature scholars, attorneys, and community leaders from across the nation and around the world. The conference marks the centennial year of this atrocity as it leads Arizona in the education and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. We engage not only the history, but the continuing relevance of this Genocide today.
The year 2015 marks the passage of 100 years since the systematic extermination of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman government. To this day, despite a general consensus by scholars and historians, Turkey still fails to recognize the Armenian genocide. As the loss of Armenian culture and life still reverberates, the struggle for recognition and remembrance continues. The word genocide was coined by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in response to the Armenian genocide, which prompted Lemkin to fight for international laws defining and forbidding it. Since then a variety of legal work has ensued, from broad action under International Humanitarian Law to more local action, like the California State Legislature’s Armenian Genocide Insurance Act of 2004. Yet the Armenian people continue to face ongoing threats to their safety and security including hateful rhetoric, displacement, and the destruction of artifacts of culture and memory. As we remember the Armenian genocide, we cannot forget that its legacy and its lessons remain acutely relevant today.
The ASU Law Students Armenian Genocide Committee thanks you for your support. All donated funds are housed in overseen ASU accounts, and funds will be used for Conference Costs including speaker fees, speaker transport/lodging, advertising, security, etc., For more information about the conference, visit: http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/azarmgenocide/