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Mushegh Manukyan (Armenia) manages the Mediation Unit of the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes being responsible, inter alia, for building and overseeing the Global Mediation Panel. Mushegh is an international attorney, mediation pioneer, and arbitration counsel. Before joining the United Nations, he served as a mediator at the D.C. Court of Appeals and the World Bank Group’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman and focused on encouraging mediation globally, especially in the context of investor-state disputes. He has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration, as well as in representing foreign companies in various complex matters. Most recently, he practiced international dispute resolution at Three Crowns LLP (Washington, D.C. office), a leading international arbitration law firm, and was Senior Counsel at a Texas-based high-tech company, managing Russia and CIS, India, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania legal matters for more than 10 subsidiaries of the company.
Mushegh played an instrumental role in the establishment of Armenia’s mediation system and is the author of Armenia’s first mediation laws. He founded the first private mediation and arbitration center in Armenia and mediated numerous disputes in Armenia, Massachusetts courts within the Harvard Mediation Program, and the D.C. Court of Appeals, as well as established the first court-annexed mediation programs in Armenia. He also founded two mediation and arbitration clinics at two leading law schools in Armenia and trained over 500 lawyers, judges, and law students on mediation and arbitration skills.
Mushegh holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yerevan State University (2003 and 2005) in Armenia, a Ph.D. in private international law from Russian State Social University (2009) in Moscow, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2016) where he initiated a YouTube project “16 Minutes of ADR” and the Harvard Arbitration Discussion Series.