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Arman Tatoyan, LLM’13

The Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia

In February 2016, Arman was elected by the Parliament of Armenia as the ‘Human Rights Defender’ (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Armenia.  He will serve for a period of six years.  This is the highest state position in the human rights protection area and is established by the Constitution of the Armenia.   

Tatoyan has stated that his role as the human rights defender should not be regarded as a counterweight to the authorities. Instead he hopes to act as a partner authorized to identify any shortcomings and help establish a dialogue to solve problems.  Tatoyan has described any violation of human rights as inadmissible, promising that he will emphasize the development of regional systems to improve accessibility of his office’s services. 

Tatoyan is simultaneously serving as an Ad Hoc Judge at European Court of Human Rights.  He held previous posts as Armenia’s Deputy Justice Minister and Deputy Representative of Armenia at the European Court of Human Rights.