Who we are

The Europe in Law Association (ELA) is a human rights non-governmental organization founded by a group of Armenian lawyers on 31 January 2011.

The ELA’s mission is to elucidate, disseminate and strengthen the core European values of liberty, human dignity, responsibility, and universality legalized into the fundamental goals of human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and rule of law.

Our aim is to support the spreading of these values among the bodies of public administration and local self-government, the judiciary, the wider jurist community, the civil society, and the larger public
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  • Zaven Grigoryan’s Interrupted Step

    The Prime Minister’s ‘Dear Zaven, everything will be all right’ cannot be like a firework vanishing in the air. It is very difficult to find people who will get a multilayered faction and still call on the people to continue to fight. Zaven is one of these few. Not only has Zaven not recovered during the past 10 months but he also suffered losses of his construction business. It is time for the Prime Minister

  • Workshop: Strengthening women’s political participation and leadership

    On February 9-10, LousinehHakobyan and Tigran Yegoryan, representatives of the Europe inLaw Association NGOan participated in a workshop organized by the Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) NGO entitled “Strengthening women’s political participation and leadership” upon the invitation of MrStepan Grigoryan, the President of the NGO.The participants of the discussion were mostly representatives of political parties from Armenia.The discussion aimed at raising awareness of participants on the importance of women’s involvement and leadership

  • “I went to participate in protests in April for a new life, for the future of my child, for the future of my country,” architect Zaven Grigoryan.

    “I am 45 years old and I went to participate in protests on April 16 after chemotherapy. I went for a new life, for the future of my child, fort he future of my country,”says Zaven Grigoryanwho got a multilayer fraction of his leg due to the use of special means by the police during the April Revolution. On April 16, Zaven Grigoryan went to take part in a demonstration on Baghramyan Avenue immediately after

  • “I am confident that the time for liability will come,” Ashot Gevorgyan

    “One month was stolen from me,” Ashot Gevorgyan says, talking about the April Revolution, when on April 16, during his lunch break at the Academy of Fine Arts, he went to the French Square and headed to Baghramyan Avenue as he was following Nikol Pashinyan. “We were all walking peacefully with our hands in the air when the policemen came right over us and started scaring us with batons and pushing us. Before even reaching

  • “The April rallies were unprecedented and I could not remain indifferent,” journalist Arman Gharibyan

    The Special Investigative Service was silent for nearly 2 months in respect of Arman Gharibyan, journalist and co-founder of the Human Rights Power NGO, after Arman had been subjected to violence by a policeman during a peaceful protest on April 17. Though a criminal case was instituted, it is not moving forward. The SIS has not yet found the police officer who committed violence. Arman Gharibyan participated in the protests until April 16 as an

  • “I think this well-publicized case with so many people involved will not be closed,” journalist Vruyr Tadevosyan.

    “Now I canonlyhopethatthislasting break will beeffectivefortheproceedingsofthecase, andthatthis well-publicizedcaseinvolving so manypeople will not beclosed,”saysVruyrTadevosyan, a journalistfor Public Radio, whowassubjectedtoviolenceby a groupofmaskedpeople in theAvandistrictofYerevanon April 22. Duringthe April revolution, journalistVruyrTadevosyan was subjectedtoviolencewhilefulfillinghis professional duties. “Toclarifythesituation,I wenttoAvanAcharyan Street in Yerevan, whichwas blockedbymaskedpeople, accordingtopreliminaryinformation.” “I arrived atFord’sservicecenterbycarwhere I startedmyactivities. The road was closedby a groupofmaskedpeoplewhowereregulatingthetrafficin civilianclothesatthatpartoftheroad,”VruyrTadevosyansays. He addsthatthemaskedpeopleattackedhiscar, seizedhiscellphoneandlpad Air 2 tablet, bywhich he was abletoprovide live broadcast, andhithim, thecarwindows, thesidemirrorsandotherpartsofthecarwithbatons. “Theywerehittingme, theyweredestroyingmycar, theywerehittingme on myheadwithbatons, andthreateningto kill mebyordering


Our priorities

What we do

Capacity building

Europe in Law accomplishes its mission of strengthening and disseminating the universal values among the bodies of public administration, local self-government, the judiciary, the wider jurist community, the civil society and the larger public by capacity building at individual, institutional and societal levels. ELA’s capacity-building efforts aim to develop favourable conditions for individuals to build and enhance their knowledge of...

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The history of international law is replete with cases when NGOs have successfully stimulated international or national law-making. As early as 1983, 23 NGOs through the Informal NGO Ad Hoc Group on the Drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child were able to influence the process of convention negotiations. Another successful example is the coalition of 11...

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Legal Advice and Assistance

The provision of legal advice and assistance has been and will continue to be one of the essential means whereby the Europe in Law fulfills its mission in Armenia and wider Europe. One important area in which ELA’s legal assistance has turned useful is the rights of the media and their workers. While co-operating with several media, ELA has assisted...

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Research and analysis

Research and analysis constitute an essential component of the programmes implemented by ELA since 2011. Research and analysis are pivotal in representing cases in domestic courts, as well as the ECtHR, in which ELA’s professional staff have been involved advocating for the dissemination of the core human rights. In furtherance of efforts aimed at introducing the best international human rights...

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Advocacy – organizing people with a view to influencing political decision-making and policy – has been in the focus of ELA’s attention throughout its existence. ELA has successfully engaged in media advocacy to influence decision-makers on a number of important occasions. As experts in a number of fields, ELA’s members have presented their views and clarifications to public officials on a number of...

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Manuals and handbooks

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ELA’s annual reports

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Legal acts and case law

RA Constitution ELA statute ECHR

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Thematic reports

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Events and trainings

Human Rights Challenges in New Armenia
  • October 18, 2019
  • 10:00 to 18:00
  • Yerevan, Armenia
ELA Report Presentation
  • January 24, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Yerevan, Armenia
Meeting of active citizens and lawyers
  • March 12, 2016
  • 10:00 to 18:00
  • Yerevan, Armenia

Ameriabank CJSC

Europe in Law NGO

Bank Account No: 1570012130890100