Karen Andreasyan

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Karen Andreasyan
Member of Chamber of Advocates of Armenia
Assumed office
Preceded by Armen Harutyunyan
Personal details
Born 1977 (age 39–40)
Nationality Armenian
Profession Human Rights Defender of Armenia

Karen Andreasyan (Armenian: Կարեն Անդրեասյան; born in 1977) is a Human Rights Defender of Armenia. He is a Doctor of Law and starting from 2006 is a Member of Chamber of Advocates of Armenia.

Early life[edit]

From 1994 to 2002 Andreasyan studied and became specialized and certified at the following range of institutions: took graduate and post graduate course (PhD in Law) at the Law Department, Yerevan State University (1994–1999); University of California, Berkeley, US (1999); Canadian Human Rights Foundation, Montreal, Canada (2001); at Center for Social-Legal Studies, Oxford University, UK (2003); European Journalism Centre based in the Netherlands.

Career Path[edit]

In the period of 1997–2000 he had been employed by several state agencies; among them are: Yerevan Mayor’s Office, Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, the RA Court of First Instance; he also lectured on Human Rights and Administrative Law at Secondary school N120 and at the RA Police Academy as well.

From 2001 to 2007 he lectured at Law Department in Yerevan State University.

Simultaneously, over the period of 2001–2003 he had been working in several non-governmental organizations, among them are: Free Legal Aid Center of Bar Association of Republic of Armenia (BARA) as Director; Civil Education Project international NGO (CEP), as a Program Coordinator, “Internews” International NGO, as Legal Consultant. During the period mentioned, Andreasyan also lectured on Human Rights in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Karabakh at seminars held for journalists.

In 2003 Andreasyan was Senior Fellow at Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, UK.

During 2003 and 2004 he was employed as Consultant and International Expert, by “Article 19” International NGO, London, UK; Open Society Justice Initiative International, Budapest, Hungary; Access to Information Programme (AIP), Bulgaria. From 2005 to 2008 he was a Staff Attorney at American Bar Association (CEELI), after he advanced to Senior Staff Attorney, later on he was appointed as Deputy Director. Over the same period he also held the position of the Adviser to the President of the RA Constitutional Court.

From 2008 to 2011 Andreasyan held the position of the Director of “Defense” Law Firm.

Andreasyan Karen began his broadcasting career in 2007 and held a number of TV and public projects up to 2010. Together with European Journalism Center he organized Media Law and investigative journalism competition for university students specialized in journalism. He also anchored Yerkri teman (“Country's Theme”) at YerkirMedia-TV, Irakanum (“In Fact”) at Armenia-TV. Andreasyan Karen is author of over 20 scholarly articles and books published, such as “Reflection of the Freedom of Expression provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights in Armenian Legislation” ”Problems of Jurisprudence”, ”English-Armenian Glossary of the Council of Europe Related Terms and Expressions”, “Legal Regulation of Telecommunications”, “Current Tendencies of Media Law Development in Armenia”, ”The Reform of Telecommunications”.

He is married with two sons.

Andreasyan Karen assumed his responsibilities as Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia as of March 3, 2011.


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