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Lecture puts spotlight on current unrest in Ukraine

February 7, 2014

A lecture Thursday, Feb. 13 at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will examine the current turmoil in the Ukraine as its president, Viktor Yanukovych, continues to refuse membership in the European Union and negotiations with neighboring Russia for financial assistance have stalled.

The talk, “Competition Between the European Union and the Russia-led Customs Union – Focus on the Situation of Armenia and Ukraine,” is set for 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the College of Law, room 344 located on Loyola’s Broadway Campus. The free lecture is part of the College of Law’s centennial celebration and is open to the public.

Speaker Gabriel Balayan, Ph.D., associate professor of law at Yerevan State University in Armenia, will discuss the delicate situation in Ukraine as Yanukovych works to quell violent protests in the street while convincing Russian leaders he is capable of successfully leading his country. The Ukraine received $3 billion of a promised $15 billion loan package from Russia before the deal was temporarily suspended.

Balayan, who received a doctor of sciences from the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow, is also a Fulbright Scholar at the American University Washington College of Law and the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He is speaking in New Orleans as part of the Fulbright Outreach program, which creates opportunities for scholars to visit different locations in the U.S.

Balayan was particularly interested in coming to Louisiana because the state shares similar civil law systems with many European countries, including Armenia, according to Loyola College of Law’s James Klebba, who helped bring Balayan to New Orleans for this lecture. Armenia, which has been a member of the Customs Union, is currently in negotiations with the European Union.

For more information, contact Klebba.

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