Genya Petrosyan is the co-founder and the director of the Law Development and Protection Foundation.
She is an attorney specialized in civic and administrative cases. She has submitted a number of applications to the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. She studied Law at Yerevan State University from 1998-2002 and got a Bachelor's Degree in Law. Afterwards, in 2004 she received her Master's degree both from Yerevan State University and American University of Armenia. She worked in the Office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia for many years holding various positions: Genya Petrosyan was the Deputy Human Rights Defender from 2012-2014 and the First Deputy Defender from 2014-2015. After leaving this position, she continued her professional career in the civil society sector, particularly in the “Europe in Law Association” NGO. As a lawyer, she participated in the projects on overseeing the Constitutional Referendum of 2015, as well as the project “Public Oversight over Parliamentary Elections 2017”. Since December 2018, Genya Petrosyan has been a member of the legal team of “Eyewitness” Initiative, coordinating the work of lawyers. She is a practicing lawyer, a co-author of several manuals and studies.
Davit Gyurjyan is a co-founder of the Law Development and Protection Foundation. He is an attorney specialized in criminal, administrative and civil cases. David has submitted a number of applications to the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. He studied Law at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University from 2007-2011 and received a Bachelor's degree. He continued Master's degree prgram education at the same university from 2014-2016. From 2015 - 2018 he worked as a lawyer at the “Europe in Law Association” NGO and was engaged in a number of important projects in the field of Human Rights. Apart from that, he used to run the cases of the NGO’s beneficiaries. In 2015, Davit participated in the observation mission aimed at overseeing the Constitutional Referendum. He delivered trainings to over 100 observers and media representatives on electoral and referendum law and procedure of Armenia, as well as represented their complaints on violations of their “public watchdog” rights to referendum commissions at three levels and the RA Administrative court. From 2017-2018 he was the lawyer of the project “Public Oversight over Parliamentary Elections 2017”. Since 2018, Davit has been participating in the legal activities of the “Eyewitness” observation mission. He is a co-author of the manual “Know Your Rights: Manual for Observers” as well as other legal studies. David participates in the legal research programs of the LDPF in the capacity of expert and project coordinator.
As a representative of the LDPF, David was involved in the RA Investigative Committee's public monitoring group examining criminal cases of deaths during military service. He is also a member of the monitoring work group created by the RA Prime Minister Decision aimed at contributing to the proper investigation of the criminal cases concerning deaths recorded during military service.
Sergey Grigoryan is a lawyer specialized in administrative cases. He has submitted number of applications to the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. Sergey studied at State Engineering University of Armenia from 2004-2009. Ha received a Master's degree in Law from Gladzor University at 2016. Sergey studied at the Advocates School of the Republic of Armenia and received a license of an attorney. He represented the rights of citizens in cases pertaining to freedom of assembly and expression and participated in strategic litigations. From 2014-2018 he worked as a lawyer at the “Europe in Law Association” NGO. He was engaged in a number of important projects in the field of Human Rights.
From 2015 - 2018 he was a member of the legal team of the “Citizen Observer” Initiative (Constitutional Referendum in 2015) and (Parliamentary Elections in 2017). Since 2018, Sergey has been a member of the legal team of “Eyewitness” Initiative. As an expert, Sergey is involved in the projects of the Law Development and Protection Foundation.
Rima Grigoryan is a co-founder of the Law Development and Protection Foundation. She studied at the Faculty of Armenian Philology at Yerevan State University from 2009 to 2013. In 2015, she received a Master’s degree of Philology, specialized in World Literature and Theory of Literature. She worked at “iLur.am” news and analytical website from 2013 to 2015 holding the interviews of the series “Interview with Armenia”. She continued her journalistic work at “Hambardzum.am” analytical website holding interviews with the participants of Karabakh Movement 88. Rima worked as a communication officer at “Europe in Law” Association NGO from 2015 to 2018. She worked as an Assistant to the President of Language Committee under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the RA from July 2018 to June 2019. Since July 2019, she has been involved in the communication activities of the Law Development and Protection Foundation. She carries out her professional activity as a researcher and editor. She has been a researcher of Universal Dependencies-Western Armenian project. She is a language editor of several publications.
Elina Gyurjyan is a lawyer and a practicing attorney specialized in civil and administrative cases. She studied Law at “Yerevan's Hrachya Acharyan” University from 2006-2010 and received a Bachelor's degree. In 2012 she got a Masters’ degree from National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. In 2015 she received a license of attorney. She worked at the Municipality of the city of Ejmiatsin as a second category specialist (Department of Information, Analytics and Foreign Relations). From 2013 to 2015 she was the lawyer of the Municipality. Elina worked as a lawyer at “Women's Rights Center” NGO from 2015 to 2016. In this position, she used to run the cases of the beneficiaries of the NGO. Elina was a member of the legal team of the project ““Public Oversight over Parliamentary Elections 2017”. Since 2018, she has been a member of the legal team of “Eyewitness” Initiative. As an expert, Elina is involved in the projects of the Law Development and Protection Foundation.