Faculty

Adelaida Baghdasaryan
LL.M. Program Chair, Assistant Professor
Adelaida BaghdasaryanLL.M. Program Chair, Assistant Professor

Adelaida Baghdasaryan is the AUA LL.M. Program Chair since 2015. Ms. Baghdasaryan has received her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School, MCLS from American University of Armenia (AUA) and Diploma in International Relations from Yerevan State University (YSU). She holds a license of Mediator, is the National Consultant of UN International Trade Center as well as is the Legal Counsel at PicsArt Company. From 2006-2014 she has been the Political Program Assistant of the Political-Economic Section in U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. Ms. Baghdasaryan’ s experience also includes legal consultancy, research and contracts drafting to numerous companies.
Ms. Baghdasaryan has been involved in various professional trainings and workshops including Program on Negotiations, Mediation, Workshop on Regional Refugee Legal and Social Issues, Monitoring of Grants and Cooperative Agreements, etc. She is the Board member of the Mediators’ Self-governing Organization of the Republic of Armenia.

Higher Education

May 2015, Master of Laws (LL.M), Harvard Law School
November 2007, Master of Comparative Legal Studies, American University of Armenia (AUA)
May 1996, Yerevan State University, International Relations Department

Courses Taught

  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal Method and Argumentation
  • Introduction to American Law
  • Master’s Paper
  • Negotiation

Awards

  • US Embassy Honor Award – for “Exemplary performance in advancing Embassy Yerevan’s human rights and anti-corruption goals”
  • S. Department of State Franklin Award- for “Outstanding performance in legal research and analysis in both protecting the foreign assistance program partners from unfair taxation and developing a meaningful anti-corruption strategy for judicial sector”
  • S. Department of State Extra Mile Award-for “Exemplary service and extraordinary effort” 2010
  • S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award – for “Extraordinary teamwork, resourcefulness, dedication and analytical insight in monitoring 2008 Armenian Presidential Elections”
  • S. Department of State Extra Mile Award and Certificate of Appreciation– for 2008 Operational Plan and Performance Report

E-mail:
adelaida@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-53

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
By appointment

Aida Avanessian
Lecturer
Aida AvanessianLecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aida-avanessian-48810988

Aida Avanessian has earned her Bachelor’s degree (LL. B) in Private Law from Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences, University of Tehran, her Master’s degree (LL.M) in Private International Law, from Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences, University of Tehran and Doctor of Law (PhD) in Conflict of Laws from Kings Collage, University of London.

Aida Avanessian has been in private legal practice with her main field of expertise in international and project finance and arbitration. Since 2013 she has been teaching Project Finance, Arbitration, Contract Drafting and Negotiation in American University of Armenia; since 2015 Arbitration and Private International Law in Hovaness Tumanian State University, Vanadzor, Armenia, and in 2018 Arbitration in French University of Armenia (UFAR). She has held several short training courses on arbitration and project financing in American University of Armenia and elsewhere. She is a member of Arbitrators Association of Republic of Armenia and is included in the Arbitrators List of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Higher Education

  • May 1990: Doctor of Law (PhD) in Conflict of Laws, Kings College, University of London;
  • June 1975: Master of Law (LL.M) in Private International Law, Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences, University of Tehran;
  • June 1972: Batcheler of Law (LL.B) in Private Law, Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences, University of Tehran.

 Courses Taught:

  • Project Financing
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Arbitration
  • Private International Law
  • Master’s Paper Supervision
    –  American University of Armenia
    –  French University of Armenia

Publications:

  • Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in Action-Seven Years of Arbitration, book published in 1993, Graham & Trotman/Martinus Nijhof, London, England
  • Final editing of Making of Contracts under English, French, Iranian and Islamic Law; a book by Parviz Owsia, PhD, published in 1994, Graham & Trotman, London, England.
  • The New York Convention and Denationalized Arbitral Awards, Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 8, No.1.
  • Books in progress:
  • Project Financing (in Armenian), ready for print.
  • Arbitration (in Armenian), in progress.

Email:
 aavanessian@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
Mondays, 6-6.30 pm. Otherwise, by appointment.

 

 

 

Emil Babayan
Senior Lecturer
Emil BabayanSenior Lecturer

Emil Babayan graduated from the AUA LL.M program in 2001 and became a researcher at AUA the following year. He also received a Master’s degree in International Law from the Leiden University (Netherlands), specializing in international criminal law.
From 2008 to 2012, he served as Deputy Minister of Justice and has also been the Deputy Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Emil Babayan has served as Chairman of the Commission for Ethics of High-ranking Officials from 2012 to 2013. He has served as the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia from 2013 to 2016. On February 6, 2017 Emil Babayan was appointed Adviser to Artsakh President. As Legal Adviser to the President, his tasks include ensuring that Artsakh is represented and included in discussions among international organizations and courts where the Republic’s vital interest are concerned.
Emil Babayan is a lecturer at the American University since 2003. Courses taught include Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under international law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Higher Education

2003 Master of Laws (LL.M.), Leiden University
2001, Master of Laws (LL.M.), American University of Armenia
1998 – Bachelor of Law, Vardanants University of Yerevan

Courses taught:

  • LAW 334: European Convention of Human Rights
  • LAW 349: Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Under International Law
  • LAW 160: Law & Justice in Popular Culture
  • LAW 101: Law in Everyday Life

Awards:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award (2008) by the Department of Law of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS).

E-mail:
ebabayan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

Gabriel Balayan
Lecturer
Gabriel BalayanLecturer

Gabriel Balayan is an associate professor of law, a Fulbright Scholar and an IREX Fellow. He’s earned his degree in History from Yerevan State University. He got his second degree in Law from the Yerevan State University. He got his PhD in Law from Yerevan State University.
He has been teaching various legal disciplines at Yerevan State Linguistic University, Yerevan, Armenia, “Lomonosov” Moscow State University,  Yerevan State Medical University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Public Administration Academy of RA and etc.

Higher Education

2013-2014, Fulbright Scholarship
2012, PhD Russian Federation MOES
2012, Associate Professor
2011, IREX Fellowship
2010,
Bar Admission
2009, PhD  in Constitutional Law, Yerevan State University
2005, Degree in Law, Yerevan State University
1999
, Degree in History, Yerevan State University 

Publications:

About 30 publications on Tax Administration and Investigation, Human Rights, Right to Education, Military Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Government Control and Oversight, Legal Aspects of Financial Control, and Military Legislation.

E-mail:
g.balayan@fulbrightmail.org

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

Website: http://mil.am/hy/persons/101

Mary Galstyan
Lecturer
Mary GalstyanLecturer

Mary Galstyan is a legal expert in environmental and natural resources governance with particular focus on minerals. Ms. Galstyan has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) from the LLM program of the American University of Armenia.

Ms. Galstyan has been the legal expert of the USAID Support to the Armenian National Assembly Program to the Standing Committee of Social Affairs at the Armenian National Assembly. She has been the legislative analyst and coordinator, and afterwards the Deputy Manager of the Mining Legislation Reforms Initiative, a project of AUA Center for Responsible Mining. She has consulted with the World Bank Armenia, UNDP and United Nations Forest Service in a number of environmental and mining legislative reforms in Armenia and Georgia. She has been the Advisor to Minister of Nature Protection in Armenia. Starting from January 2019, Mary Galstyan is as a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Armenia. Ms Galstyan is a Member of the Standing Committee of Territorial Administration, Local-Self Governance, Agricultural and Environmental Issues at the National Assembly of Armenia and leads Sub-committee on Environmental issues.

Courses taught:
Mining Law

Email:
meri.galstyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Ani Chilingaryan
Lecturer
Ani ChilingaryanLecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ani-chilingaryan-05574238/

Ani Chilingaryan has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B.) from Yerevan State University Faculty of Law, after which she got her Master’s degree in Law (LL.M.) from the American University of Armenia and simultaneously from Yerevan State University Faculty of Law. Currently Ms. Chilingaryan is doing her PH.D. at Yerevan State University Law Faculty. The topic of her dissertation concerns the institution of claim in administrative court proceedings.

Ani Chilingaryan has also studied at the School of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia with the specialization in Civil and Administrative Law and got Certificate of Completion. Ms. Chilingaryan is a member of the Chamber of Advocates of RA and is licensed to practice law. She specializes mainly in administrative cases.

Since 2011 she has been working in “Legal Approximation towards European Standards in the South Caucasus” Program implemented by German International Cooperation (GIZ) as a legal advisor and is responsible for the whole administrative law component and partly legal education component within the program. She has participated in numerous trainings and conferences in administrative law and administrative proceedings in Germany. Ms. Chilingaryan has been teaching at the French University in Armenia, Faculty of Law since 2014.

Higher Education

2012 – present, Yerevan State University, Law School, Ph.D. (expected)
August 2015, RA School of Advocates
June 2011, American University of Armenia, Law School, Master’s degree
June 2011, Yerevan State University, Law School, Master’s degree
June 2009, Yerevan State University, Law School, Bachelor’s degree diploma with honorary distinction

Courses taught:

  • Administrative Law
  • Supervisor of Master’s Papers

Publications:

  • The Interconnection between Obligatory and Dependent Rescissory Action, Compilation of Materials of Session of 2018 of YSU Law Faculty PH.D. students, 2019, publication expected.
  • Problems of the Classification of Administrative Actions, Compilation of Materials of Session of 2014 of YSU Law Faculty PH.D. students, 2015, p. 364-377, http://publications.ysu.am/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/364-377.pdf
  • Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of Armenia, Comprehensive Report, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, October 2014. http://www.osce.org/odihr/126128?download=true
  • The Management of Limited Liability Companies in Armenia, South Caucasus Law Journal, 03/2012, p. 166. http://elrc.ysu.am/upload/186.pdf

Awards:

  • December 2018, Certificate on “Activities of the Chambers of Advocates in the Field of the Work with Media and Society”, organized by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation and Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
  • November 2018, Certificate on “Roles and Competencies in Consulting”, Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), Bonn, Germany
  • April 2018, Certificate on E-Learning/Digital Learning, organized by Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), Tbilisi, Georgia
  • March 2017, Certificate on International Parliamentary Cooperation programme at the German Bundestag
  • December 2016, Certificate on Interactive Teaching Methodologies for Law School Professors, organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Borjomi, Georgia

E-mail:
achilingaryan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

Website: http://advocates.am/advocates/view/1974.html

Yeghishe Kirakosyan
Lecturer
Yeghishe KirakosyanLecturer

Yeghishe Kirakosyan holds the position of Adviser to the Prime Minister and is the Representative of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights. He has an extensive experience of working with the Government since 2008, in the capacity of an Assistant to the Prime Minister, later as Deputy Minister of Justice. Y. Kirakosyan has been teaching since 2006, after defending Ph.D. thesis (title: Custom in Contemporary International Law). Courses taught include: Public International Law, Precedent in International Law, International Courts and Arbitration.
Y. Kirakosyan research and academic focus includes international courts and arbitration, responsibility in international law, countermeasure and enforcement of international law.

Higher Education

2018, Master of Science of Law (JSM), Stanford Law School
2010, Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LLM), Georgetown University Law Center
2006, Ph.D. in International Law, Yerevan State University
2004, Master’s Degree in Jurisprudence (International Law), Yerevan State University
2002, Bachelor’s Degree in Jurisprudence, Yerevan State University

Courses Taught
Public International Law

Publications: 

  • Founder and Editor in chief of the Armenian Yearbook Of International and Comparative Law (published since 2013).
  • Editor of “Proceedings of the conference, devoted to the 80th anniversary of YSU Faculty of Law”, Yerevan State University Press, 2014. (in English)
  • Monograph
  • CUSTOM IN CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL LAW. Yerevan State University Press, 2009 (in Russian).

Articles

  • Finding Custom: The ICJ and the International Criminal Courts and Tribunals Compared. In: The diversification and fragmentation of international criminal law. – Leiden; Boston: M. Nijhoff, 2012. – p. 149-161.
  • Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation: The Reality and Possibilities (A Legal Perspective) in Prospects For Reconciliation: Theory And Practice. Ed. by Hranush Kharatyan & Leyla Neyzi; Proceedings of the International Workshop, Yerevan, 27 November 2010, pp. 54-69.
  • Some Remarks on the Law of Treaties of the Republic of Armenia, state and Law, Yerevan 2011# 1(51), pp.67-78 (in Armenian).
  • Custom in the system of Sources of International Law, in Contemporary Problems of Jurisprudence. Yerevan 2007, pp.194-219 (in Russian).
  • General international Law and Customary International Law, MOSCOW State University Bulletin. Law. #3, 2006 (in Russian).
  • The role of the custom in the system of sources of International Humanitarian Law, Russian Yearbook of International Law, Special Edition, 2006 (in Russian).
  • The role of the General Assembly resolutions in creating customary norms of International Law, The Problems of Jurisprudence, #4, 2004 Yerevan (in Armenian).
  • Opinio juris as the second element for formation of customary international law, The Problems of Jurisprudence, #3-4, 2004 Yerevan (in Armenian).
  • The role of ICJ decisions in International law, Problems of jurisprudence, 2003, # 4, pp. 56-62, Yerevan (in Armenian).
  • Some problems the self-determination, in Collection of Scientific Works devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the Law Faculty of Yerevan State University. Yerevan University Press, 2003, pp. 369-378 (in Armenian).
  • The expediency of spread of sovereignty of will in International Private relations, in The Problems of Jurisprudence, 2003, # 3, pp. 101-107, Yerevan (in Armenian).
  • The comprehension and guarantees of freedom of conscience, in The protection of Human Rights in Armenia, Second student scientific conference, Selected reports publication, 2001, Yerevan (in Armenian).
  • The European convention of Human Rights and Fundamental freedoms and the legislation of Armenia, in The protection of Human Rights in Armenia” –First student scientific conference April 28-29 2000, Selected reports publication, 2000, Yerevan, pp. 22-31(in Armenian).

E-mail:
ykirakosyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
By appointment

 

 

Sarkis E. Knyazyan
Lecturer
Sarkis E. KnyazyanLecturer

Sarkis E. Knyazyan is an Intellectual Property Attorney, who manages Knyazyan & Partners IP Law Firm and chairs the Board of the Intellectual Property Rights Center of Armenia. Mr. Knyazyan received his LL.M degree in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law and completed various international IP programs, such as Haifa University’s program on European Patent Law in Israel, UC Davis’ Licensing Academy Program on IP and Technology Transfer, in the USA, etc. He has been teaching at AUA since 2006. Mr. Knyazyan is the Focal Point for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) Program, in Armenia. He is a regular speaker and panelist at various local and International IP conferences. Mr. Knyazyan is the founder of the Armenian Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition and the author of the Moot Court problems. He is also a member of the IPR Policy Working Group of the Armenian National Assembly (Parliament) and a member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association. A number of Mr. Knyazyan’s students from AUA write their Master’s Papers on various IP topics and present their research to the Armenian IP Community and State Authorities.

Higher Education

May 2009, LL.M in Intellectual Property Law
University of New Hampshire, School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce)

Courses taught:

  • Intellectual Property Law

Awards:

  • Public Service Fellowship, US Department of State
  • CAPS Fellowship (Careers for Alumni in Public Service), US Department of State
  • Public Service Fellowship, US Department of State
  • Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, US Department of State

Email:
knyazyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
Monday – Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM (by appointment)

Websites

www.linkedin.com/today/author/sarkisknyazyan
www.knyazyanlaw.com

Hayk G. Malkhasyan
Lecturer
Hayk G. MalkhasyanLecturer

Hayk Malkhasyan has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Law from Russian-Armenian University. He holds Master’s degree in Laws (LL.M.) from Russian-Armenian University with specialization in Business Law and Commercial law. Hayk holds a PhD in Private Law. Hayk has successfully participated in the Public Policy and public Administration course at Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Hayk has been working in various roles as a legal expert for the Armenian Government since 2010, where he was involved in drafting and review of legislation and participated in the preparation of a number of PPP contracts. Hayk has been teaching and conducting research at the Russian-Armenian University since 2013 and at the American University of Armenia since 2017.

Higher Education

January 2017, PhD in Law (Ph.D.), Russian-Armenian University
June 2014, Certificate in Public Policy and Public Administration, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
June 2012, Master of Laws (LL.M.), Russian-Armenian University
June 2010, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Russian-Armenian University

Courses taught:

  • RA Civil Law Basics


Publications:

Books

Journal articles

  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “Building the Ladder: Treaties in the Hierarchy of Sources Under the 2015 Amendments to the Armenian Constitution.”: South Caucasus Law Journal, 08/2017: pp. 250-255. // www.lawlibrary.info/ge/books/giz2017-ru-en-south-caucasus-law-journal-VIII.pdf
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “The emergence and development of the doctrine of changed circumstances as an exception from the sanctity of contracts rule in Continental Europe.” Russian-Armenian University Herald: humanities and social sciences, 2 (23), (2016): pp. 123-135.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk G. “The problems of determining the criteria of existence of fundamental change of circumstances in Republic of Armenia Civil Law: “unforeseeability” as an example.” East European Scientific Journal, 10, (2016): part 3, pp. 20-25.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk; Avanesyan, Avag. “The dissolution of contract due to fundamental change of circumstances: legal and economic aspects.” Russian-Armenian University Herald: humanities and social sciences, 3 (21), (2015): pp. 68-80.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “The category of “risk” in contract law and its significance in the application of fundamental change of circumstances rules.” Justice, Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia SNCO, 4 (31), (2015): pp. 69-75.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “Legal regulation of the institute of changed circumstances in French Law: contemporary law and the legislative trends.” Justice, Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia SNCO, 3 (30), (2015): pp. 70-76.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “The doctrine of changed circumstances in the Vienna Convention on International Sale of Goods 1980: problems of interpretation and “gap filling.”” Justice, Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia SNCO, 2 (29), (2015): pp. 93-102.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk. “Problems of legal regulation of changed circumstances in English Contract Law: theoretical and practical aspects.” Justice, Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia SNCO, 1 (28), (2015): pp. 75-84.
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk G. “Distinguishing the Institutes of Fundamental Change of Circumstances and Impossibility of Performance in Republic of Armenia Civil Law.” Russian Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. (2), Is. 2, (2014): pp. 60-70. DOI: 10.13187/rjcl.2014.2.60
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk.  “The change of circumstances as an institute of Civil Law in the Countries of Europe: historic evolution, present state and current trends.” Collection of scientific articles, presented at the Aspirant forum “Contemporary science: development trends, problems and perspectives”, RAU publishing, Yerevan 2013: pp. 78-81
  • Malkhasyan, Hayk.  “Peculiarities of legal regulation of the institute of mortgage in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia (Comparative study)”. Collection of scientific articles, presented at The IV Annual scientific conference of Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, RAU publishing, Yerevan 2010: pp. 145-152

E-mail:
hmalkhasyan@aua.am

Phone:
 (+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
 109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

Mesrop Manukyan
Lecturer
Mesrop ManukyanLecturer

Mesrop Manukyan has been teaching corporate and commercial law courses for more than 5 years. Further, he has worked with numerous state, private and international organizations, such as National Assembly of Armenia, the United Nations and technology startups in Armenia and abroad. Mr. Manukyan is currently holding the position of General Counsel at Foundation for Armenia Science and Technology, where he leads the legal team specializing in innovative investment instruments, venture capital and technology. Further, he acts as National Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and advised the latter on legal reforms in Armenia.

Higher Education

June 2016, Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Cambridge
June 2015, Master of Laws (LL.M.), American University of Armenia
June 2013, Bachelor of Law (L.L.B.), Yerevan State University

Courses taught:

  • Business Organizations
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Investment Law

Publications:

Has the Pension Reform in Armenia Solved the Existing Problems or Merely Created a New, Bigger One?, IBFD, April 10, 2015, URL: http://www.ibfd.org/IBFD-Products/Journal-Articles/European-Taxation/collections/et/html/et_2015_04_am_1.html

E-mail:
mesrop.manukyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
Monday – Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM (by appointment)

Gor Margaryan
Lecturer
Gor MargaryanLecturer

Gor Margaryan received his LL.M. degrees from the Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University (DE) and University of Essex (UK), specializing in International Trade Law. He also earned his MBA from Manchester Business School (UK) in 2017. Currently Mr. Margaryan is the Managing Partner of Legelata Law Firm CJSC. His professional experience includes practicing Banking and Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate and Tax, Foreign Investments. Mr. Margaryan has also been the General Counsel at Fawaz Alhokair Group, in 2010 worked in Asian Development Bank and Central Bank of Armenia and earned his license of attorney from Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia.

Higher Education

2017, MBA Manchester Business School (UK)
2008-2010, LL.M in Law and Finance, Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University (DE)
2006-2007, LL.M in International Trade Law, University of Essex (UK)

Courses taught:

  • Banking and Securities Regulation

Publications:

E-mail:
gmargaryan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

 

Lilit Martirosyan
Lecturer
Lilit MartirosyanLecturer

Lilit Martirosyan is a lawyer with substantial experience in various areas of legal reforms in Armenia. She has over 20 years of work experience in law and management. For over a decade, she has been involved in USAID, IFC, WB and other donor-funded projects that aimed to establish and strengthen the rule of law in Armenia.
Between 1999-2005 and the last four years, she has working on developing rules and procedures in many areas of environmental law (including water law with USAID/ARD Water Resources Management Project and forest law with IRM Scandinavia AB/SIDA Institutional Support Project and recently with World Bank/Ameria Consulting as the Experts’ Team Leader). She was a member of law-drafting groups such as RA Forest Code, Civil Code and Administrative Offences’ Code amendments as well as other legal acts.
In her career, Lilit Martirosyan has successfully combined legal practice with business management. Between 2005 and 2013, she served as the Head of Legal Department and later as the Director (CEO) for Hovnanian International Ltd. where she practiced labor law.
She has been teaching for more than 15 years now, and she has taught in Europe (Open Society Institute) environmental law subjects for master program students.

Education

2013, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (ABT), Prifysgol Cymru (University of Wales), Zurich, Switzerland
1998, L.L.M. (Muskie Program), UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
1994, M.S. (equivalent) in Biology with Honors, Armenian State Pedagogical Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Courses taught:

  •  Introduction to Environmental Law
  •  Introduction to Labor Law

Selected Publications:

  • В.Л.Чалабов, Л.А.Мартиросян и Н.М.Абамян. “Роль общественных организаций в обеспечении экологической безопаснисти”. Международная Академия Наук Экологии и Безопасности Жизнедеетельности. Вестник, МАНГЭБ, Санкт-Петербург, Россия, 2007, том 12, номер 4
  • В.Л.Чалабов, М.А.Мартиросян и Л.А.Мартиросян. “Экология города”. Международная Академия Наук Экологии и Безопасности Жизнедеетельности. Вестник , МАНГЭБ, Санкт-Петербург, Россия, 2006, том 11, номер 8
  • В.Л.Чалабов, М.А.Мартиросян и Л.А.Мартиросян. “О правовой основе оценки возмещения ущерба от воздействия экологических факторов”. Научные чтения. Современные проблемы безопасности: Анализ и решения. Материалы IX международных научных чтений, МАНГЭБ, Санкт-Петербург, Россия, 2005

Awards:

  • December 2016, Certificate on Interactive Teaching Methodologies for Law School Professors by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • January 2013, Certificate of appreciation by the World Bank Group/IFC for Contribution to Doing Business in a More Transparent World 2013
  • May 2006, Diploma #02784 on elected correspondending member of Academy in accordance with Academy Statutes by International Academy of Ecology& Life Protection Sciences (IAELPS), St.-Petersburg, Russia
  • November 2002, Certificate on Introduction to USAID Environmental Procedures, Environmental Review, Screening, Mitigation and Monitoring by USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, Yerevan, Armenia
  • October 2001, Outstanding Muskie Award by American Councils on 10 years’ anniversary of Muskie program in Armenia
  • September 11-29, 2000, UNITED NATIONS “PEACE MESSENGER” AWARD. Protection of the Environment for the New Millennium by Institute of International Public Law and International Relations of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • July – August 1995, SUMMER LAW SCHOOL: Environmental Law Placement Program in England and Wales by Conservation Foundation, United Kingdom

E-mail:
lilit.martirosyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
Wednesday–Friday from 4PM – 6PM (by appointment)

Nshan H. Matevosyan
Lecturer
Nshan H. MatevosyanLecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nshan-h-matevosyan-esq-bb357540/

Nshan Matevosyan has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philology from Interlingua Linguistic University with a specialization in Translation and Interpretation, his Master’s degree in Laws (LL.M.) from the American University of Armenia, as well as his Certificate of Completion from the School of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia with a specialization in Civil and Administrative Law.

Mr. Matevosyan has been teaching and conducting training series in negotiation since 2013 for various stakeholders, including but not limited to OSCE Yerevan office, UN House Armenia, RA Community Police, various Armenian banks, American University of Armenia, Armenian Chamber of Advocates and others. He is licensed to practice law in Armenia and is a member of the Armenian Chamber of Advocates.

Higher Education

September 2016, Certificate of Completion, School of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia
June 2013, Master of Laws (LL.M.), American University of Armenia
June 2010, Bachelor of Philology: Translator, Interpreter, Interlingua Linguistic University

Courses taught:

  • Negotiation
  • Master’s Paper

Awards:

  • January 2018, Certificate of Appreciation by the World Bank Group for Contribution to Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs
  • December 2016, Certificate on Interactive Teaching Methodologies for Law School Professors by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • May 2016, Certificate of Appreciation by the Master of Laws Program Chair of the American University of Armenia
  • July 2013, Certificate on International Humanitarian Law by International Commission of Red Cross and American University of Armenia

E-mail:
nmatevosyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
Monday – Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM (by appointment)

Website: http://advocates.am/en/advocates/view/2188.html

Siranush Sahakyan
Lecturer
Siranush SahakyanLecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siranush-sahakyan-788ab859

Siranush Sahakyan holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex, Bachelor’s degree in Law and LLM in Public International Law from Yerevan State University. She is currently preparing her PhD thesis. Since 2008 Siranush has been teaching and conducting training on human rights and anti-corruption topics at various institutions, including the School of Advocates and the Justice Academy. Siranush is a member of the Chamber of Advocates and licensed to practice law. She is also an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights.
Siranush has held various positions at the public service: She worked for the Ministry of Justice as a leading specialist, was aide to the President. Her recent public office was the Chair of the Commission on Ethics for High-Ranking Officials.
Outside the Public Service Siranush acted as a partner at Legalata Law firm, a founder and president of the NGO “Protection of Rights without Borders”, an expert for OSCE/ODIHR, UNICEF Armenia, UNDP, the Civil Society Institute NGO, the Centre for European Law and Integration, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, being involved in different legislative initiatives, lobbing projects, monitoring, research, strategic litigation and legal counsel. Currently she is the Co-founder of the NGO “Path of Law” and the president of the ICLaw-Center Armenia.

Higher Education

2008 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law, Essex University
2006 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law, Yerevan State University
2004 Bachelor of Law, Yerevan State University

Courses taught:

  • Armenian Constitution
  • Topics in Constitutional Law
  • Anti-Corruption Compliance

 Publications:

  • Securing the Accused Person’s Presence within the Territorial Jurisdiction of National Courts by Extraordinary Rendition: Implications for Human Rights and Due Process, Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 1, 2017.
  • Aggravated State Responsibility and Obligations Erga Omnes, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
  • Sahakyan, A. Mejlumyan, Application of the Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights by Armenian Courts, PRWB, 2011.
  • Sahakyan, A. Zrvandyan, M. Ghulyan, Problems of Administrative Justice in Armenia, Asoghik, 2011.
  • Sahakyan, A. Melkonyan, A. Mejlumyan, Administration of Justice in Military Cases: Court Monitoring Results. Van Aryan, 2012.
  • Juvenile Justice in Armenia: Legislative Analysis. CSI, 2012. (In this theme – S. Sahakyan, A. Danielyan, L. Petrosyan, V. Wattenberg, Trial Monitoring of Cases involving Juvenile Defendants, CSI, 2011, S. Sahakyan, Casebook for practitioner: Juvenile Justice, PRI, 2012).
  • “The Status and Treatment of Direct and Indirect Victims in “Disappearance” Cases: Approaches of the Inter-American Court and the European Court”, YSU official journals.
  • “Review of the ECtHR judgment on Bayatyan v. Armenia”, Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 1, 2013.
  • “Implementation of CAT and Article 3 of the ECHR in Armenia. Challenges and achievements”, EHRAC Bulletin, Issue 18, 2012.
  • Sahakyan, V. Avetisyan, K. Badalyan, Handbook for Training on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Armed Forces, OSCE, 2013.
  • Sahakyan, G. Sargsyan, Handbook on the Right to Liberty and Security: For Practitioners. American Bar Association CEELI, Armenian Representative Office, 2012.
  • Co-author of more than 15 reports (for example, Report on Conditional Release on Parole in Armenia: Directions of Reform; Legislative and Practical Problems of Compassionate Release in Armenia; Report on the Right to Defence in Armenia; Report on Conditions of Persons kept in Disciplinary Isolators and Disciplinary Battalions under the MoD, Report on Probation, etc).

State Awards:

  • The Medal of Services to the Motherland (2017)

Academic Awards:

  • Special award winner in student scientific conference devoted to the 70th anniversary of Law Department of YSU.
  • Award winner in Essay Competition on “International Humanitarian Law” (organized for students of the Law Faculties of Universities in Armenia) 2003.
  • Award winner in inter-collegial scientific conference “The Problems of the Judiciary in the Republic of Armenia” 2002.

Other Awards:

  • Anti-corruption champion (2018), awarded by GovRisk and UK Embassy in Armenia

E-mail:
ssahakyan@aua.am

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

Lusine Shahmuradyan
Lecturer
Lusine ShahmuradyanLecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lusine-shahmuradyan-36b31a1/

Lusine Shahmuradyan has earned her Bachelor’s degree (LL.B.) and Master’s degree (LL.M.) from Faculty of Law, Yerevan State University and LL.M. in Finance and Law, Duisenberg School of Finance, Amsterdam.

Ms. Shahmuradyan has been in  a legal and compliance professional for the financial industry since 2003. Worked for the Central Bank in Armenia and banks in the Netherlands. Since 2018 she has been teaching Insurance Law and workshops on Compliance in American University of Armenia She has held several short training courses on compliance and integrity in American University of Armenia and elsewhere. She is a certified compliance professional.

Higher Education

October 2011, Master of Law (LL.M.) in Finance and Law, Duisenberg School of Finance, Amsterdam.
June 2003, Master of Law (LL.M.) in Yerevan State University
June 2001, Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) Yerevan State University

Courses Taught:

  • Insurance Law
  • Workshop on Compliance and Integrity for financial and other institutions

Email:
lshahmuradyan@aua.am

Phone:
(+374 60) 61-27-55

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
by appointment