An amazing young lawyer from Artsakh, Arman Asryan, will graduate with an LL.M. in the 107th intake from Southwestern Law School this Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the Rose Bowl. He and his story are remarkable.
Lucy Varpetian, president of the Armenian Bar Association and 1996 Southwestern alumnus, explains: Just months before Arman enrolled in Southwestern’s LL.M. program as an inaugural fellow under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Southwest Offices and human rights defenders from the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh, Arman was at 7,000 miles away to help defend his homeland of Artsakh in the war of aggression against it by Azerbaijan. Armed with the tools he learned and developed at Southwestern, Arman will now return to his homeland to lead and safeguard an indigenous civilization rooted in the rule of law, respect for human and civil rights, and safety and security. dignity of all. .
In the wake of Arman having successfully completed the LL.M. from Southwestern. program, Southwestern has signed new memorandums of understanding with the human rights offices of the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh, extending and expanding the relationship. As part of the memorandums of understanding, Southwestern will provide up to two full scholarships for LL.M. students over the next four academic years.
“I am delighted to offer this training and advancement opportunity to more dedicated lawyers like Arman to build their knowledge and skills in international law and human rights at Southwestern and return home to Artsakh and in Armenia as influential change makers and leaders.”
Darby Dickerson, President and Dean of Southwestern Law School
Armenia human rights defender Kristinne Grigoryan congratulated Arman on his upcoming graduation. She is proud to be part of this important initiative with Southwestern which “provides an excellent opportunity for young lawyers from Armenia and Artsakh to enrich their knowledge in the field of human rights and the rule of law” . Ms Grigoryan is grateful to Southwestern “for such a great partnership.”
Additional accolades for Arman come from Gegham Stepanyan, the Artsakh human rights defender. He congratulated Arman for being the “firstborn” of this program and for successfully completing it. Mr Stepanyan is confident that Arman will be an “ambassador for the cooperation between Southwestern Human Rights Defender’s Office and Artaskh” and will “inspire many to follow in his footsteps”. Mr. Stepanyan is grateful to Southwestern “for its willingness and persistence in recognizing the potential and creating opportunities for aspiring legal professionals in Artsakh and putting access to education above all else.
Southwestern’s relationship with the respective offices of human rights defenders and the resulting scholarship program would not have been possible without the pivotal roles played by Southwestern alumnus Lucy Varpetian ’96 and the Association of the Armenian Bar. Varpetian and the Armenian Bar Association will continue to consult with all parties to ensure the continued success of the program.