LOS ANGELES, CA – On Wednesday, April 20, the Armenian
Assembly of America (Assembly) will host a presentation by the United Kingdom’s
leading human rights attorney and author Geoffrey Robertson QC about his book
titled An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now
Remembers the Armenians?
book proves beyond reasonable doubt that the horrific events in the Ottoman
Empire in 1915 constitute the crime against humanity that is today known as
genocide. He explains how democracies can deal with genocide denial without
infringing on free speech. His writings are a major contribution to
understanding and preventing these crimes. An
Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? was awarded the
prize for “Best Polemic” at the Political Book Awards 2015 in London.
has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel, human rights advocate, and
United Nations (UN) judge. He has appeared in many celebrated Old Bailey
trials; acted for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in cases
brought against journalists in British Commonwealth countries; argued many
death sentence appeals at the Privy Council; defended Salman Rushdie, Mike
Tyson, rap group N.W.A, and Julian Assange; prosecuted Hastings Banda; and
represented Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against Chilean General
Augusto Pinochet. He served as the first president of the UN War Crimes Court
in Sierra Leone and as a ‘distinguished jurist’ member of the UN’s Internal
Justice Council (2008-12). He has authored landmark decisions on the limits of
amnesties, the illegality of recruiting child soldiers, and the legal
protections for war correspondents and human rights monitors. In 2011, he was
awarded the New York Bar Association prize for Achievement in International Law
his representation of the Republic of Armenia as a third party, Robertson was
an attorney in the Perincek v. Switzerland Armenian Genocide denial case with
the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), alongside Amal Alamuddin Clooney.
founder and co-head of Doughty Street Chambers, Europe’s largest human rights
practice. He held the office of Recorder (part-time judge) for many years in
London, where he is a Master of the Middle Temple and visiting professor in
human rights at Queen Mary College, the New College of the Humanities, and the
University of Buckingham and Regents University. His books include Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for
Global Justice, a textbook on the development of human rights law; The Tyrannicide Brief, the story of how
Cromwell’s lawyers mounted the trial of Charles I; an acclaimed memoir, The Justice Game; Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons; along with
An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now
Remembers The Armenians?
book presentation will take place at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal
City, CA, beginning with cocktails at 7:00 PM and dinner at 7:30 PM.
An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now
Remembers the Armenians? books will
be available at the event and sold by Abril Book Store. A book signing will take place after the
contact Armenian Assembly of America Western Region Manager Aline Maksoudian by
phone (626-577-0025) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 14, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase for $75
per person. Table purchase is available
and includes 10 seats. Seating is limited and RSVP is required.
in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based
nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of
Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership