Apella’s Human Rights Center promotes public understanding and knowledge of international human rights standards and aims to offer novel and practicable solutions to a range of human rights challenges in Armenia and the region. The Initiative was established to produce quality inter-disciplinary research and to create a platform for alternative thinking on public policy issues related to human rights. Our objective is to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to engage in robust, independent and qualified policy analysis on contemporary human rights issues including social, economic and political problems related to human rights. Our expertise includes constitutional adjudication, international human rights jurisprudence, electoral rights and rule of law, criminal justice reform, media and privacy issues, state and corporate responsibility for human rights violations, human rights and disability, human rights and conflicts, etc.
Apella Human Rights Blog
Apella Human Rights Blog is a platform for academics, practitioners and policy makers to share their research and analysis and to engage in inter-disciplinary discussion on contemporary challenges on human rights. We aim to encourage lively and engaging debate by covering a broad range of topics on theory and practice of human rights. The Blog invites anyone who is interested in human rights issues facing Armenia, the region and the global community to post short papers. Any contribution which is related to key human rights themes and advances the understanding and discussion on them will be posted upon passing through the peer review by the Institute’s human rights fellows. If you wish to have your paper posted in the Blog, please send your research/analysis, together with a short bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the link in our website: http://apellainstitute.org/contact-us/
Adelaida Baghdasaryan (Senior Fellow)
Adelaida Baghdasaryan (Senior Fellow) is currently an Assistant Professor and LLM Program Chair at the American University of Armenia. She graduated from the Yerevan State University (2006), further obtaining her master’s degree in Comparative Legal Studies from American University of Armenia (2006) and her LL.M from Harvard University Law School (2015).
Adelaida is among the first licensed mediators in Armenia to work with judiciary on alternative dispute resolutions on civil cases. Previously she worked for the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan as a Political Program Assistant at the Political-Economic Section and reported on issues related to political and economic developments, foreign assistance, governance, corruption; coordinated and provided legal support for all U.S. Government (USG) funded programs in Armenia, etc. Since 2009 Mrs. Baghdasaryan is a legal consultant at ARMADEL Consulting Law Office, where she is providing legal support and guidance to legal entities/business clients engaged in international business and individuals in resolving their legal matters outside Armenia.
Anna Jenderedjian, PhD (Senior Fellow)
Anna Jenderedjian obtained a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Hohenheim (Germany) in 2015. Her work focused on the involvement of marginalized and discriminated against groups, such as women and the poor in food and nutrition interventions by civil society organizations in Armenia and Georgia. She has an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), and an MA in Psychology from Yerevan State University (Armenia). She has more than ten years of consulting expertise on the development of social and environmental policies and social impact assessment of planned projects. Her research interests include food security, development intervention, grassroots action and inequality.
Araks Melkonyan (Fellow)
Araks Melkonyan (Fellow) has earned her LL.B and LL.M in International Law from Yerevan State University, after which she pursued further specialized LL.Ms in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex (2014) and in International Crime and Justice from UNICRI/University of Turin (2015). Araks was previously engaged with various national and international human rights organizations in different human rights projects, including coordinating criminal trial monitoring projects, penal policy reform, human rights in armed forces, human rights and drug policy and others. Her research interests cover a wide range of human rights issues, as well as international criminal justice.
Arshak Balayan, PhD (Senior Fellow)
Arshak Balayan (Senior Fellow) earned his BA in Philosophy in 2004, an MA in Philosophy in 2006, and a PhD (kandidat nauk) in Philosophy in 2009. Between 2010 and 2013, Arshak spent three semesters at Harvard University where he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy. Arshak’s main academic interests include philosophy of science, communication ethics, and social transformation.
Currently Arshak teaches philosophical disciplines at Yerevan State University, as well as at the American University of Armenia. Arshak is involved in a number of social and research projects. He has a number of publications and currently is working on the second edition of “Philosophy: Abridged Lectures”, a philosophy manual for university students in Armenia. In addition, together with David Donabedian and John Carey, he is working on a book manuscript on Armenian libraries and the philosophy of information provisionally entitled “Armenian Research Libraries: Philosophy and Practice, 1991-2015”.
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.
Naira Meliksetyan (Fellow)
Naira Meliksetyan(Fellow) has completed her Master's degree (LLM) in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham (England, UK). She also holds an LLM from the American University of Armenia, class of 2010-2012. From 2012 to 2014 Naira was a researcher at the National Academy of Sciences, Genocide Museum-Institute. Her current research interests cover international human rights law, international criminal law and discrimination law. At the Venice School of Human Rights she focused on the relation between technical progress and human rights.