BOARD MEMBERS

Kenneth V. Hachikian is Chairman of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights.  He received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  He serves as president of the ANCA Endowment Fund, Inc. (“ANCA Endowment”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, DC.  He has been an active member of the Armenian American community for over forty years, having served in positions of leadership within the community.  He is an independent investment banking professional, and is Managing Partner at The Ivy Consulting Group LLC in Deerfield, Illinois.

Steve Dadaian is an attorney with over 20 years of experience, including as a trial lawyer and managing principle.  His litigation practice has focused on government liability, tort defense, sovereign immunity, public works contract law, eminent domain, and environmental and employment law.

Kevork Hagopjian is a PhD candidate in International law at the University of Vienna, Austria. He studied in the Karen Jeppe Armenian National College in Aleppo and graduated from the Law School of the Aleppo State University in 2010. Hagopjian continued his post graduate studies in the United Kingdom and received an LLM (Master of Laws) in International Law from the University of London/SOAS in 2013. He is a fellow with the United Nations Office of the High Commissionaire for Human Rights and has work experience with the UNDP, law firms, social foundations and international organizations.  He has 12 years of experience as a member of several Armenian National Committees. In addition, he is a columnist in Armenian newspapers and is actively involved in legal research, community service, youth & social activities, human rights advocacy, inter-cultural dialogue as well as participating in international conferences, symposiums and forums. He is fluent in Armenian, English, Arabic and Turkish and has a basic knowledge of German.

Raffi Hamparian received a BA from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, where he also earned a MA in International Relations.  Mr. Hamparian is currently the Chair of the Armenian National Committee of America (“ANCA”), the largest Armenian American public policy organization.  He has been an active member of the Armenian American community for over forty years, having served in positions of leadership within the community.  He is Governmental Affairs Director for the Southern California Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Khajaque Kortian is a legal practitioner, specializing for more than 22 years in intellectual property law, in particular litigation and conflict resolution. For over 16 years, he has been a Principal of one of the oldest and leading intellectual property firms in Asia-Pacific.  He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court Australia and High Court of Australia, as well as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  He is also a Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney.

 

Mr. Kortian has been involved in public advocacy for human rights issues and Armenian-Australian community affairs for many years. He previously served on the Board of Directors of ANC Australia (including as President) for more than 20 years.  He was one of the founding committee members of the Macquarie University Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, now known as the Australian Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, with which he is still involved.  From 2008 to 2016, he served on the Board of Hamazkaine – Arshak & Sophie Galstaun College and in late 2015 was appointed again to the Board of Directors of the ANC Australia.

 

Mr. Kortian received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Guiragos Manoyan has studied political science at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Since 2001, Mr. Manoyan has been the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee – International, based in Yerevan, Armenia. From 1982 to 1999, in Montreal, Mr. Manoyan has served as the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, also Assistant Editor then Editor-in-Chief of the trilingual Horizon Armenian Weekly. Since 2011, he is a member of the Republic of Armenia State Commission on Coordination of the Events for the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Edvin Minassian was born and raised in Istanbul.  After attending the Sankt Georg Austrian School, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 17.

 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1987 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Loyola Law School in 1990 and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year.

 

Mr. Minassian is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

 

A two-term Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association (2010-2012), he currently continues to serve on its Board of Governors and Armenian Rights Watch Committee.

 

He has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Organization of Istanbul Armenians since 2010, is a trustee of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles and Chairs the Legal Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.

 

Mr. Minassian is an occasional columnist for Agos, an Armenian-Turkish bilingual newspaper published in Turkey and founded by Hrant Dink, writing with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and politics.

Raffi Sarkissian is a professor in the Department of General Education and Liberal Studies at Centennial College, the Vice Principal of the ARS Armenian Private School in Toronto, Canada and the founder and chair of the Sara Corning Centre for Genocide Education. He holds a B.A Hons. in History and a Master of Education from York University and a B.Ed from Trent University. He has conducted extensive research in the field of genocide and human rights education. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership positions in Canadian-Armenian organizations.

Dr. Henry Theriault is Professor in and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University, where from 1999 to 2007 he coordinated the university’s Center for the Study of Human Rights.  He earned his B.A. in English from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, with specializations in social and political as well as continental philosophy.  Theriault’sexpertise is in genocide and human rights studies, and his research focuses on reparations, victim-perpetrator relations, genocide denial, genocide prevention, and mass violence against women and girls.  He has lectured across the United States and world on genocide issues, and published numerous journal articles and chapters in this area.  His recent teaching includes courses in these areas as well as postmodern philosophy, philosophy of film, ethics (including bioethics), philosophy of sports, and for the fall of 2016 aesthetics, all informed by feminist, critical race, and post-colonial theory.  For the summer of 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Australian National Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, based at Griffith University.  He is founding co-editor of the peer-reviewedGenocide Studies International.  From 2007 to 2012 he served as co-editor of the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ peer-reviewed Genocide Studies and Prevention, and was guest editor of the International Criminal Law Review special issue on “Armenian Genocide Reparations” (14:2, 2014), and the Armenian Review special issue on the “New Global Reparations Movement” (53:1-4, 2012). Since 2007, he has chaired the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group and is co-author of its March 2015 report, Resolution with Justice (http://www.armeniangenocidereparations.info/?page_id=229).  For more biographical details, see his autobiographical reflection in Samuel Totten’sAdvancing Genocide Studies:  Personal Accounts and Insights from Scholars in the Field (2015).

Dr. Vladimir D. Vardanyan is the Head of Legal Advisory Service of the Constitutional Court of Republic of Armenia.

 

He joined the Staff of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia as a senior expert of Legal Advisory Service in May 2003. Dr. Vardanyan held the position of the Head of International Treaties Department of the Staff of the Constitutional Court from April 2006 to May 2013.

 

Dr. Vardanyan has written and lectured on international legal aspects of genocide and crimes against humanity, in addition to international humanitarian, international criminal and international human rights law. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers dedicated to several aspects of public international law.

 

He is the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Legal Research Centre of the Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers, member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, co-founder of International and Comparative Law Center of Armenia (ICLaw), Member of the Editorial boards of the Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, All-Russian Scientific-Practical Journal “Pravovaya Iniciativa” (Legal Initiative), Member of the International Board of Review of the Belarusian Yearbook of International Law. Dr. Vardanyan was a Peer reviewer (for Armenia) of the 2016 ICRC Commentary of the 1949 First Geneva Convention.

 

He earned his PhD in Public International Law in 2005 (“International Legal Basis of State Responsibility for Genocide”), his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Law in 2002 and 2000, accordingly, from the Yerevan State University.

Vahe Yacoubian is an attorney with Manatt, Phleps & Phillips, LLP with over 30 years of experience.  His practice focuses on the representation of governments in commercial transactions and international arbitration with domestic and foreign investors, and the representation of businesses in government-related matters and international transactions.  His work has included recovering more than $10 million for the government of Armenia against a NYSE listed telecommunication company and terminating its monopoly without paying any compensation and representing the United States in its acquisition of land for its embassy in Armenia.  He helped draft Armenia’s telecommunications law, in addition to negotiating privatization agreements in numerous industries including in the aviation, energy, communications and financial sectors.  He is a recipient of the Mkhitar Gosh Medal by the President of the Republic of Armenia, for services rendered to the Republic of Armenia in the field of law and justice.  He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Garo Armenian

Hagop Der Khatchadourian

Yervant Pamboukian