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Organizers of the Centennial Conference


Alexis Demirdjian


Alexis Demirdjian is the Director of the Foundation and the

organizer of the Conference. He is also the editor of an

academic book associated with the conference. The book is

entitled The Armenian Genocide Legacy published in 2015 by

Palgrave Macmillan publishers



Mr Demirdjian is a Canadian lawyer (member of the Quebec Bar) currently working as a Trial Lawyer at the International Criminal Court. He previously worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague (since 2002). He is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (Bachelors in Law - LL.B.) with a Masters in International Law (LL.M.) from the Université du Québec à Montreal. He started his career in The Hague by joining the Defence team of General Hadzihasanovic (2002-2005) as a legal assistant. Following the end of that trial, he joined the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY in July 2005 and worked on leadership cases since then, including the trials of Mrksic et al. (Vukovar Hospital), Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin (Bosnian Serb leadership) and currently Goran Hadzic (Croatian Serb leadership). Mr. Demirdjian has published several articles and wrote book chapters in the field of international criminal law. He also teaches international criminal law as a guest lecturer at the Asser Institute and the Grotius Centre of the Leiden University. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and the Peace and Justice Initiative. 

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* Mr. Demirdjian participates in this event in his private capacity. The views expressed by him in the framework of the conference are his, and do not necessarily reflect the views of his employer. 


University of Southern California - Dornsife

Institute of Armenian Studies



When the University of Southern California opened its doors to 53 students in 1880, Los Angeles still lacked paved streets and electric lights. Today, our city is a global center for the arts, technology and intercontinental trade, and USC is a world-renowned private research institution enrolling more international students than any other U.S. university and operating an integrated academic medical center that serves more than a million patients each year.


The largest and oldest of the USC schools, USC Dornsife functions as the academic core of the university, offering courses and advancing knowledge across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.


Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Institute of Armenian Studies raises awareness of Armenian culture, history and contemporary issues on campus, in Southern California and beyond.



NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and                                      

Genocide Studies


The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded on 8 May 1945 to write the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands and in the former Dutch East Indies through independent research. Since 1 January 1999 the Institute is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). On 9 December 2010, NIOD merged with the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and it now operates under the name NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


NIOD’s area of work covers the 20th and 21st century, with a focus on research into the effects of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and society. 


Click here to visit NIOD's website. 
Herengracht 380 | 1016 CJ Amsterdam | The Netherlands | +31 20 523 38 00




Ruby Byrnes Chorbajian, Fundraising Consultant 


Following completion of her LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast, Ruby has led fundraising initiatives and development projects with a range of organisations tackling social welfare issues in Europe, Asia and Africa. She is the English Language Editor of “Moush, Sweet Moush: Mapping Memories from Armenia and Turkey,” a reconciliation project between Turkish and Armenian youth. Ruby studied film, political sociology and cultural anthropology as an undergraduate in the USA. These areas of study generated a theoretical framework for her passion to fundraise for worthwhile projects and programmes. She is currently the Head of Development at the Democratic Progress Institute, a conflict resolution organisation in London. She is delighted to be assisting the Centennial Project Foundation. 




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