Vahakn Dadrian is an historian, specializing in the Armenian Genocide. Dadrian, a former professor at SUNY, Geneseo, currently directs a genocide study project supported by the Guggenheim Foundation.
In the last twenty years he has lectured extensively in French, English and German in such European institutions as the Free University of Berlin and the Universities of Munich, Parma, Torino, Zürich, Uppsala, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Bochum, Münster, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Geneva, Brussels and UNESCO’s Paris center. Professor Dadrian was the first Armenian scholar invited in 1995 to the British Parliament, House of Commons, to deliver a lecture commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In 1998, in a special ceremony, he was inducted into the ranks of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. At the same time, he was decorated by that republic’s president with the Khorenatzi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award.
His groundbreaking research has been supported by two large grants from the National Science Foundation, resulting in the publication of two separate monographs by the Yale Journal of International Law.
One of them is a legal analysis of the Armenian genocide from the perspective of international law; the other, published in 1998, examines within the same perspective the comparative aspects of the Armenian and Jewish cases of genocide.
Following a series of specifically arranged lectures in Armenia in April 2005 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Prof. Dadrian was declared Honorary Professor by four universities in Armenia. Additionally, he received three gold medals, one of which was presented by the Rector of Yerevan State University, and the other by the President of Yerevan’s Law School—both of them being the highest awards of these institutions.
- The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus (ISBN 1571816666)
- Warrant for Genocide: Key Elements of Turko-Armenian Conflict (ISBN 0765805596)
- German Responsibility in the Armenian Genocide: A Review of the Historical Evidence of German Complicity (ISBN 1886434026)
- The anticipation and prevention of genocide in international conflicts: Some lessons from history (ISBN B000736PSQ)
- The determinants of the Armenian genocide (Yale Center for international and area studies, Working paper series, Genocide studies program) (ISBN B0006RIDJC)
- Role of the Turkish military in the destruction of Ottoman Armenians: A study in historical continuities (ISBN B0006RIDCY)
- The Armenian genocide and the legal and political issues in the failure to prevent or punish the crime (ISBN B0006R6X4Y)
- The historical and legal interconnections between Armenian genocide and the Jewish Holocaust: From impunity to retributive justice (ISBN B0006R6X4O)
- Ottoman archives & denial of the Armenian Genocide (ISBN B0006RBG0A)
- Genocide as a problem of national and international law: The World War I Armenian case and its contemporary legal ramifications (ISBN B0006ET844)
- The Armenian genocide and the evidence of German involvement (ISBN B0006R6X58)
- Factors of anger and aggression in genocide (ISBN B00073EFR4)
- The key elements in the Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide: A case study of distortion and falsification (ISBN 1895485029)