Faculty

Siranush Sahakyan
Program Chair, Assistant Professor, Lecturer
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. Her pending PhD Read More
Siranush SahakyanProgram Chair, Assistant Professor, Lecturer

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. Her pending PhD thesis is dedicated to the margin of appreciation doctrine.

Siranush Sahakyan is a highly accomplished and versatile professional with over 15 years of experience in human rights, judicial reforms and corruption prevention. Ms Sahakyan served as an aide to the President of Armenia, was in a service at the Ministry of Justice Armenia, chaired the corruption prevention body in Armenia and was an ad hoc Judge of the European Court of Human Rights. Outside the Public Service Siranush Sahakyan partnered at Legalata Law firm, was 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, Social justice 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.

Ms Sahakyan has worked closely with the Justice Academy and the School of Advocates, implementing judicial training programs for Judges, Prosecutors, and their candidates. Her collaboration included development of course curricula on the topics of constitutional law, human rights, integrity, conflict of interest, public administration principles etc.

Ms. Sahakyan is a Licensed Attorney and has professional membership with Chamber of Advocates of Armenia. She has successfully managed practices in complex human rights issues.

 

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:

  • Human Rights Law
  • Armenian Constitution
  • Topics in Constitutional Law
  • Anti-Corruption and Compliance

 

Selected 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.
  • 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.

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: [email protected]

Office Location:

Phone:

Office hours: (by appointment)

Philippa Mullins
Assistant professor
Philippa Mullins is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in disability rights, civil society, and social movements.  She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford Read More
Philippa MullinsAssistant professor

Philippa Mullins is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in disability rights, civil society, and social movements. 

She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Social Policy (Research) from the London School of Economics (LSE). She completed her PhD thesis at LSE and is scheduled to defend in early 2022. Her PhD research, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, focused on disability organizing in Russia. She has previously taught on courses on research methodologies, sociology, and social policy at LSE. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Higher Education: 

  • 2021 (submitted, pending examination in 2022), PhD in Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 2015, MSc in Social Policy (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 2012, BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian), University of Oxford, UK

Courses taught:

  • Theories of Social Justice and Community Engagement

Publications:

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 60612671

Office Location: PAB Room 136W

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

Arman Zrvandyan
Lecturer
Mr. Zrvandyan is an experienced human rights lawyer, public law and justice sector reform expert with over 15 years of experience in law, human rights, legal education and judicial reform. Read More
Arman ZrvandyanLecturer

Mr. Zrvandyan is an experienced human rights lawyer, public law and justice sector reform expert with over 15 years of experience in law, human rights, legal education and judicial reform. In his current role of Deputy Team Leader in the IRZ “Consolidation of the Justice System of Armenia” Project, he provides technical assistance to the Armenian justice sector authorities on the implementation of the 2019-2023 Strategy of Judicial Reform. In addition to human rights and administrative law litigation, Mr. Zrvandyan has previously provided legal advice in many justice support projects run by international organizations such as the Council of Europe, OSCE/ODIHR, Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, UNDP, and GiZ. These activities concerned reform of the bar, establishment of court monitoring mechanisms, vetting of judges and prosecutors, review and assessment of legislation etc. He has provided justice reform advice concerning such countries as Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Belarus. He has previously served as a Registry Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Finally, Mr. Zrvandyan is a professional legal trainer and academic educator. He has significant experience in designing and delivering practical legal courses to graduate and undergraduate law students, as well as to professional audiences. He serves as the Chair of the LL.M. Program of the AUA between 2013 and 2015.

Higher Education:

  • 2017-2019 Doctorat en Droit (incomplete), Université de Strasbourg, France
  • July 2011, Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Turin, Italy
  • October 2009, Master of Arts, University of Essex, UK
  • October 2007, Master of Laws, American University of Armenia
  • July 2002, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Yerevan Hrachia Acharian University

Courses Taught:

  • European Convention on Human Rights

Publications:

  • Comparative Review of the Procedural and Institutional Setup of Functioning of Lawyers in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (2020) (co-author), Council of Europe
  • Casebook: ECtHR Case-law on the Right to a Fair Trial in Administrative Proceedings (December 2016), Council of Europe Publishing (at Council of Europe bookstore)
  • Legal Study: The Reviewing Powers of the Administrative Court of Armenia in Refugee/Asylum
  • Cases (December 2015), UNHCR (at http://www.refworld.org/docid/576a74634.html)
  • Legal Study:The Rights to Liberty, Fair Trial & Private Life: Persons with Mental Disorders in Armenia(author, May 2014) Civil Society Institute, Armenia (at csi.am)
  • Early Conditional Release of Prisoners: Legal and Practical Issues in Armenia(2011-2012), Civil Society Institute, Armenia (at csi.am)
  • Handbook: Handbook of Monitoring Administrative Justice(2011-2012) (co-drafter), OSCE/ODIHR & Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden (at osce.org)
  • Early Release of Prisoners on Compassionate Grounds: Legislative and Practical Challenges in Armenia(2011), Civil Society Institute, Armenia (at csi.am)
  • Trial Monitoring Report: Final Report on Administrative Justice in Armenia (expert contribution) (2010), Protection of Rights Without Borders, Armenia (at prwb.am)
  • Final Report of the Trial Monitoring Project in Armenia (expert contribution) (2008), OSCE/ODIHR, Armenia (at osce.org)
  • The ‘Anatomy’ of Administrative Discretion (2007), Annual Review of Scholar Publications, Gavar State University, Armenia
  • Expropriation and Judicial Review: Northern Avenue, Observer quarterly (2004), Armenian Helsinki Committee, Armenia
  • Freedom of Expression and Defamation: The New Criminal Code of Armenia, Observer quarterly (2003), Armenian Helsinki Committee, Armenia

 

Email: [email protected]

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

Office Location: 109W (PAB)

Arman Tatoyan
Lecturer
Arman Tatoyan holds his Master of Laws from University of Pennsylvania Law School; he obtained his LLM and Ph.D. from YSU, Department of Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics. Currently Mr. Tatoyan is Read More
Arman TatoyanLecturer

Arman Tatoyan holds his Master of Laws from University of Pennsylvania Law School; he obtained his LLM and Ph.D. from YSU, Department of Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics.
Currently Mr. Tatoyan is the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia and an Ad hoc Judge in the European Court of Human Rights. He served as the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia and also has been the Deputy Representative of the Government of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Tatoyan is also a permanent international advisor in the Council of Europe. He has been the advisor to the President of the Constitutional Court of Republic of Armenia and has been involved in different working groups for drafting laws and strategies for Armenia. He lectures in YSU and AUA, as well as in the Academy of Justice of Armenia.

Higher Education

  • 2012 – 2013, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia PA, Master of Laws
  • 2012, University of Pennsylvania Business (Wharton) School, Philadelphia PA
    Business and Law Certificate Program, the Wharton School Executive Education
  • 2002, LL.B. Yerevan State University
  • 2004, Master of Jurisprudence, Yerevan State University
  • 2007, Post-graduate study, Yerevan State University

Courses taught:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Supervisor of Master’s Paper

2014- present, Visiting Professor at Academy of Justice of Armenia
Academic and Practical Course for Judges and Prosecutors:

E-mail:
[email protected]

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

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

 David Amiryan
Adjunct Lecturer
Deputy Director for Programs, OSF-Armenia, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Yerevan State University   David Amiryan holds PhD in Psychology from the Yerevan State University (YSU). He is a part-time Read More
 David AmiryanAdjunct Lecturer

Deputy Director for Programs, OSF-Armenia, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Yerevan State University

 

David Amiryan holds PhD in Psychology from the Yerevan State University (YSU). He is a part-time Associate Professor at the Psychology Department of YSU. He also graduated from the Law Department of YSU (correspondence studies) in 2000. David Amiryan is also a certified psychologist forensic expert. Davit Amiryan graduate the course “Program Evaluation” is registered at a Master and Doctoral studies level at Columbia University Teachers College New York. He is an author and co-author about 20 publications.

David joined the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenian Branch (OSIAFA) in 2000 as Coordinator of Civil Society, Mass Media and Law programs. David has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director for programs since 2003. In his current position he is overseeing all program activities of the Foundation including Program Budget Management, establishing outside contacts with potential donors and partners, works collaboratively with Network Programs.

David Amiryan is also Board Chair of Armenian Scientific Association of Psychologists, NGO funded in 2011.