Faculty

Lilit Martirosyan
Lecturer
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, Read More
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:
[email protected]

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

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

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

 

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)

Emil Babayan
Senior 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 Read More
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:
[email protected]

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

Office Location:
109W (PAB)

Office hours:
(by appointment)

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)

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)

Philippa Mullins
Lecturer
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 MullinsLecturer

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

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