“Treaty of Sèvres: Unfinished Business,” a virtual panel discussion marking the centennial of the landmark treaty will be live-streamed on Thursday, August 20 on Facebook at 8 p.m. (Eastern)/5 p.m. (Pacific).
The panel is a collaboration between the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region in partnership with the Armenian National Committee of America, the Armenian National Committee of Canada, Armenian National Committee of America Western Region, the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights and the Armenian Bar Association.
The live panel discussion will be streamed on the ANCA Eastern Region Facebook page. Moderator Vicken Sonentz Papazian, Esq. will be joined by panelists Steve Dadaian, Esq. and Armen K. Hovannisian, Esq.
Panelists will provide an overview of the Treaty of Sèvres including a discussion of its legality and relevance to the present day, as well as a conversation on the impact the Treaty of Sèvres has on the viability of the Armenian nation.
Sonentz Papazian is an attorney in private practice, licensed in the State of California and the District of Columbia. Past Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Armenian National Committee – Western Region, he is a graduate of Bates College and Southwestern University of Law. Papazian studied international law at the University of Florence and has been active in the pursuit of the Armenian Case since the 1980s.
Dadaian, a trial attorney with almost 30 years of experience in government law and high exposure litigation, has spent the majority of his career as a trial lawyer and manager of a large litigation office responsible for defending the State of California in high value liability exposure.
A founding member of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights and a member of the Board of the Armenian National Committee of America, Dadaian is a former Vice Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in California as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Hovannisian, a three-time Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association, is the presiding Chairman of the Association’s Armenian Genocide Reparations Committee and is a member of its Board of Governors.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court to which the Armenian Bar has petitioned as amicus curiae with respect to genocide-related recovery efforts. Before his 20-year tenure at CHUBB, he held the post of Vice President, Environmental Claims for Markel West, directing its legal department and focusing on the resolution of complex environmental and product liability exposures. He also worked at the Los Angeles office of the New York-based law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where he received the firm-wide pro bono award for his representation of indigent clients, many of whom were Armenian immigrants who had just immigrated to the U.S. and were experiencing challenges. Hovannisian’s professional and academic works have appeared in various publications including The Environmental Claims Journal and The Armenian Review.
“Understanding the Treaty of Sèvres is an indispensable part of understanding modern Armenian history, the legal issues addressed as well as the unique circumstances that gave rise to its formation. The Treaty of Sèvres continues to play an integral role in the pursuit of the Armenian Case today,” said Sonentz Papazian.
August 10, 2020, marked 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Sèvres, an international treaty signed by both Turkey and the Republic of Armenia in 1920. The Treaty recognizes that Turkey is responsible for its war crimes and demands that Turkey take steps to facilitate the process of punishing those directly involved in the crime.
The Treaty also demands that Turkey repeal the 1915 Abandoned Property laws and the supplementary provisions thereof, compelling it to return all confiscated properties to individual or community owners. Finally, the Treaty of Sèvres provides a legal basis for the arbitration appeal to US President Woodrow Wilson to determine the Armenia-Turkey border.
For the past 100 years, Turkey has continued to deny its crime against humanity – the Armenian Genocide – exhibiting aggression toward the Armenian nation.