ORANGE, CA–The Chief Justice of Armenia’s Appelate Court Chief, Hovannes Manoukyan, was in Orange County on Wednesday speaking about law in a developing democracy at a luncheon hosted by Chapman University’s School of Law.
He spoke to close to 50 prosecutors from across the state, as well as Chapman law school students. During the question and answer session, the justice further discussed Armenia’s decision to adopt the French and Belgian legal system as opposed to the British common law legal system.
He talked about the absence of capital punishment in Armenia’s legal system. Manoukyan also discussed juvenile courts, judges’ salaries, corruption.
Manoukyan was invited to speak at Chapman by its Law School’s Dean, John Eastman. Sylvie Tertzakian, formerly an adjunct professor at Chapman University, and John Tehranian, Professor of Intellectual Law and Entertainment Law facilitated his visit. Dean Eastman was delighted by the justice’s visit, and encouraged an exchange of visits between Chapman Law School and judges from Armenia.
Chapman University is a 146-year-old non-profit private institute. Its Law School was founded twelve years ago, and despite its short history, it is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.