Our scholars research on a wide array of issues ranging from civil rights and instruments of limiting government and holding it accountable, to elections, criminal justice, judicial integrity, international human rights jurisprudence and globalization of law. We are creating the only hub for independent thinking on constitutional issues in Armenia, bringing together the most qualified experts in constitutional, international and European law.
Our expertise areas include: Constitutional adjudication, constitutional reform, human rights, limited government, elections and electoral integrity, ECHR jurisprudence, international law.
We inform the public on constitutional aspects behind each and every major policy reform. We aim at raising awareness of constitutional issues and human rights, and promote the idea of limited government. Since March 2014, we are in the process of forming a working group and a forum of independent constitutional experts and facilitate a platform for independent scrutiny of emergent constitutional reforms in Armenia (as an alternative to the “elitist” constitutional reform process on its way behind the closed doors).
Armen Mazmanyan, PhD (Senior Fellow)
ArmenMazmanyanis the Director of theApellaInstitute and of its Center for Constitutional Studies. He has obtained his PhD in Law from the European University Institute in 2009 after a four-year intensive research on constitutional review in post-Soviet countries. He has several articles and chapters on comparative constitutional law and politics published by international journals. Dr.Mazmanyantaught comparative and international law in the American University of Armenia between 2003 and 2012 and held research positions in different universities in Europe and the US, most recently in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, University of Sydney, Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Columbia University Law School. He frequently advises international organizations and NGOs on legal reforms and democratic institutions in countries in transition to democracy. He is currently a member of the International Steering Committee of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).
ArmenMazmanyan’sexpertise includesconstitutional research, human rights, democratization, elections and electoral integrity, European law and integration, international law.
Hovhannes Galstyan (Fellow)
HovhannesGalstyan (Fellow) obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Yerevan State University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia (AUA). His research interests and most recent focus areas include Comparative Political Systems, Political Development, Studies of Democratization and European Integration.
Margarita Galstyan (Fellow)
Margarita Galstyan(Fellow) received her LLM in Human Rights in Central European University in 2013. Her research topic was on electoral rights in national and international perspectives. She also holds an LLM from the American University of Armenia and a Bachelor’s in Law from Yerevan State University. She worked as a legal expert in the fields of human rights and justice reforms at Armenia’s Ministry of Justice, OSCE Yerevan Office, UNDP Armenia. Currently she is the project manager of CoE project on criminal justice reforms in the Republic of Moldova, focusing on reforms of Prosecution service, Ombudsperson institution and eradication of ill-treatment and impunity.
Monica Harutyunyan (Senior Fellow)
Monica Harutyunyan (Senior Fellow)is a qualified lawyer with extensive work experience in banking and international development. She holds a Law Degree from Yerevan State University, an LLM from the American University of Armenia and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Governance.
Her areas of concentration include economic development, political economy and negotiations, as well as good governance and rule of law. Since 2006 she has been serving as a policy consultant for the World Bank on the issues of financial inclusion and worked with the regulators and policy makers in different countries of the region. She taught Negotiation and Mediation for lawyers at the American University of Armenia.
Narine Gasparyan (Senior Fellow)
Narine Gasparyan (Senior Fellow) is a human rights lawyer. She holds an LLM from the University of London and is a fellow of the University of Nottingham. Narine worked for the Armenian Representative Office of American Bar Association CEELI Inc (ABA ROLI) for nearly 13 years. She managed different projects, including but not limited to judicial reforms projects, legal education reforms, advocacy, constitutional reforms and others. She holds an advocate license since 1999 and is a member of the Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia. Narine has taken a number of cases to the European Court of Human Rights (cases involve alleged violations of Articles 3 (also for the reasons of improper conditions of prisons) 5, 6, 10, 11 and others. Key cases include: Sargsyan v. Azerbaijan, Hakobyan and others v. Armenia and others.