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Annual Conference 2013: The Treaty of Lausanne at 90

The Hellenic Branch held its annual conference on 21-22 February 2013 with the topic:

The 1923 Lausanne Peace Treaty at 90

The Conference was held at the University of Athens (Central Building, Alkis Arghyriades Amphitheatre) and brought together academics and experts to discuss the historical, territorial and human dimensions of the 1923 Treaty.

A Conference organized on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which remains pivotal in regulating the relations between States in the immediate vicinity of Greece and beyond. The Conference brought together academics and experts to discuss the historical, territorial and human dimensions of the Treaty.
 
The historical dimension was discussed by a panel of eminent historians under the chairmanship of Professor emeritus Christos Rozakis, President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Council of Europe. Professor Paschalis Kitromilidis, University of Athens and Secretary-General of the Centre of Asia-Minor Studies, discussed the impact of the Treaty of Lausanne on the resolution of the national issues of Greece; Associate Professor Lena Divani, University of Athens dealt with minority issues; Professor Eirini Lagani, University of Macedonia attempted to identify trends in the Turkish historical writing on the Treaty of Lausanne whereas Dr. Photini Tomai-Konstantopoulou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, traced the Treaty imprint through the archives of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
The territorial dimension was discussed under the chairmanship of Professor Stelios Perrakis, Panteion University. Professor Angelos Yokaris, University of Athens discussed delimitations in the region before and after 1923. Dr. George Karypsiadis, Special Legal Service for European Union affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dealt with treaty succession issues in respects to borders whereas Assistant Professor Angelos Syrigos, Panteion University, addressed the land borders of Greece and Dr. Anastasia Strati, MFA, the legal questions pertaining to the islands of the Aegean. Assistant Professor Petros Liacouras, University of Piraeus, discussed the security aspects of the demilitarization obligations whereas Assistant Professor Constantine Antonopoulos traced the impact of the Treaty of Lausanne on territorial disputes in the case law of international courts and tribunals.
 
The human dimension was discussed under the chairmanship of Professor Haritini Dipla, University of Athens. Professor emeritus Antonis Bredimas discussed whether the exchange of populations mandated under the Treaty of Lausanne could be considered as an early form of ethnic cleansing whereas Associate Professor Elina Moustaira, University of Athens, dealt with nationality issues in the same context. Assistant Professor Maria-Daniella Marouda, Panteion University, considered whether the Amnesty Protocol to the Treaty constituted a failed opportunity for a first prosecution of crimes against humanity. Dr. Yannis Ktistakis, University of Thrace, discussed the application of the Treaty to non-Muslim minorities in Turkey and Associate Professor Constantine Tsitselikis, University of Macedonia, addressed the application of the Treaty in the Greek legal order.
 
In lieu of conclusions, there was a round table on Thoughts for the Future. Under the chairmanship of Professor Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Christos Rozakis, Professor Stelios Perrakis and Ms Maria Telalian, Head of the Special Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, identified lessons learned and the prospects of the continued relevance of the Treaty of Lausanne in the present century.  

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