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Lecture on the Armenian Genocide by Geoffrey Robertson

May 12, 2015

"An Inconvenient Genocide: Who now remembers the Armenians?" is the title of a public lecture that will be delivered by Geoffrey Robertson Q.C., a leading human rights lawyer. The event takes place at the Karl Jaspers Centre on May 17 at 11 am as a part of the workshop "Transitional Justice".

Geoffrey Robertson's lecture deals with the most controversial issue left over from the First World War: Was there an Armenian Genocide? This year, Armenians throughout the world commemorate the centenary of the death of 1.5 million of their people at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government. Geoffrey Robertson argues that the horrific events of 1915 constituted the crime against humanity that is known today as genocide. He will talk about possibilities of combating genocide denial that don't impede free speech.

The lecture "An Inconvenient Genocide: Who now remembers the Armenians?" takes place on May 17 at 11 am in Room 212 of the Karl Jaspers Centre, Voßstraße 2, Heidelberg.

Geoffrey Robertson QC is a leading human rights lawyer and a UN war-crimes judge. He was involved in cases against General Pinochet and Hastings Banda, and in the training of judges who tried Saddam Hussein. In 2014, he published a book on the Armenian Genocide.

The lecture will be part of the Graduate Student Workshop "Transitional Justice - The Role of Historical Narrative in Times of Transitions" taking place from May 15 to 17 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It is organized by Anja Bihler and Valentyna Polunina, who are both members of Cluster research project A16 “Transcultural Justice”.

The workshop is funded as a Graduate Student Workshop by the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) together with the four Research Areas of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". With this funding, doctoral students are given the opportunity to conceptualize, organize and implement an event by themselves according to their and their peer’s needs. While the workshop is organised by doctoral students, it is open for participation by senior and junior scholars.


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  • Armenians being deported during the Armenian Genocide (narek781, Wikimedia Commons).