Susan Karamanian: The International Court of Justice and the Armenian Genocide

Susan Karamanian, the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies at the George Washington University Law School spoke at a conference organized by Alexis Demirdjian, the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies at The Hague entitled “The Armenian Genocide’s Legacy 100 Years Later.” Karamanian spoke about the Armenian Genocide and the International Court of Justice.


The Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenians in 1915–16 is one of the early genocides of the 20th century. Suggestions about how to provide legal accountability to the Armenians range from the filing of lawsuits in municipal courts, to the establishment of a claims process similar to that for victims of the Nazi Holocaust, to the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission like that established in South Africa to address apartheid.

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