Kristina Gevorkyan joined us at the end of 2015 as part of ELA’s team monitoring the Constitutional Referendum held on 6 December 2015. She worked for ELA from January 2017 until January 2018 as a Senior Lawyer. In 2018 Kristina Gevorkyan was elected as a member of ELA and ELA’s board member.
She received her BA in Law from the “Legia” University of Georgia in 2001. She graduated from the LLM programme in the American University of Armenia in 2003. In 2010 she was awarded her licence of an advocate from the Armenian Bar Chamber and started her legal practice. Since 2006 Kristina Gevorgyan has worked in the civil society sector as part of the team of the NGO Foundation Against Violation of Law rendering pro bono legal advice and assistance to vulnerable groups and citizens to arrive at an out-of-court settlement or representing them in the court. In the course of her 12-year professional career Kristina has also successfully engaged in strategic litigation. An example of such a case is the one related to the issue of the inclusion of the vocational trainers within the partial pension scheme. Following successful litigation of 5 similar cases against the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, in 2016 the Ministry proposed amendments to the relevant legislation with a view to including the vocational trainers within the partial pension scheme. Kristina has also lodged a number of applications with the European Court of Human Rights. Mention in this area should be made of the applications lodged with the EctHR against Azerbaijan in the cases of Mamikon Khojoyan, Karen Petrosyan and the children victimised during the 2016 April war, as well as against Armenia in connection to the dismissed from work of 3 former employees of the Metropolitan, which have expressed their opinion against the cumulative pension system.
Within a rather short period of time Kristina got involved in ELA’s electoral projects as a trainer in electoral law and processes, as well as in observation skills and the observer’s code of ethics. In addition to this, she represented observers and observation organisations in their complaints against the bodies of electoral administration, including the RA Administrative Court. She also coordinated one of the legal teams in this process.