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Ara KHZMALYAN 

    

 

A lawyer with over 13 years of experience in the legal profession in Armenia, and a strong combination of in-house, consulting and academic experience. Deep understanding of specificities and challenges of the legal system and overall regulatory environment in Armenia. Extensive experience in GIZ, EU, UN, ILO, ADB and CoE funded projects involving research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, regulatory impact assessments, preparation of handbooks and teaching materials, delivering trainings, preparing strategy and public policy proposals and analytical reports, including specific experience in projects dedicated to citizen participation in local self-government. Specific experience in delivering trainings to professional audiences.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Aug 2015 – Present - ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting LLC, Partner – Legal Practice
  • June 2015 – Present - American University of Armenia, Adjunct Lecturer
  • Sep 2006 – Present  - Russian – Armenian Slavonic University, Adjunct lecturer since 2009; assistant lecturer since 2006   
  • Feb 2019 – Present - TSGI (contracted by ADB), National Legal Specialist
  • Apr 2019 – May 2019 - ILO, Legal Expert
  • Nov 2018 – Feb 2019 - Ernst & Young (contracted by EU)       
  • May 2017 –Mar 2019 - Caritas Armenia, Project leader, subject matter and regulatory expert
  • Oct 2018 – Nov 2018  - GIZ, Good Local Governance Program, Regulatory Environment & Legal Expert
  • Sep 2018 – Oct 2018 - GIZ, SMEDA Program, Legal and Regulatory Environment Expert
  • Oct 2017- Sep 2018 - UNHCR (contracted through Justice Academy of Armenia, a public educational institution), Freelance legal expert
  • Apr 2017 - Jul 2017 - Equal Rights Trust (performing the project for the EU for Improving the monitoring and effective implementation of core international conventions in GSP+ countries and Kyrgyzstan), Local expert
  • Apr 2017 – May 2017 -   GIZ SMEDA program, Regulatory Environment and BMO Sector Expert.             
  • May 2016 – Oct 2016 - Council of Europe Delegation to Armenia, Freelance legal expert
  • Apr 2016-Aug 2016 - UNHCR (contracted through Justice Academy of Armenia, a public educational institution), Freelance legal expert
  • Sep 2011- July 2015, Sep 2005 –Sep 2007 - Yerevan Brandy Company CJSC: Head of legal department (2011-2015), Lawyer (2005-2007)
  • Apr 2008- Aug 2011 - Pernod Ricard Armenia CJSC, Legal Manager & HR Responsible
  • Sep 2009- Feb 2010 - Armenian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (AEPLAC), Donor: EU Advisory Group and the EC Delegation in Armenia, Local expert
  • Oct 2007- April 2008 - Ameria CJSC, Legal counsel

 

EDUCATION

Jul 2006 to Jul 2009

Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Yerevan, Armenia: PhD in International Law (research focusing on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international refugee law and international criminal law)

 

Sep 2001 to Jun 2006

Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Yerevan, Armenia; Diploma-ed Specialist (combining JD and LLM degrees) in Jurisprudence

 

MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Member of the Chamber of Advocates of Republic of Armenia

 

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