Vazgen Zakharyan

Call for Applications: Practical Workshop Series on Emerging Technologies and Digital Law

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YEREVAN, Armenia The American University of Armenia (AUA) Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is pleased to announce a series of workshops covering the fundamentals of intellectual property (IP) theory; the core components of contract drafting; legal management within the prism of inter-jurisdictional case administration, analysis, and case study; as well as practical exercises on negotiating and auditing legal risks. The workshops draw from various legal cases, considering best practices for the protection of company technological and digital components within the IP system. This series is specifically designed to meet lawyers, IT, and engineering specialists’ daily demands as well as respond to entrepreneurs’ interest in protecting and organizing secure IP management.

The content of each workshop will cover the widest prism of all the significant components that include the basis of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in focus of real legal issues.

The workshops in the sequence are the following:

  •         Intellectual Property Law System
  •         Technology Law Aspects
  •         Digital Law Basics
  •         Contract Law Fundamentals
  •         Building Policy and IP Global Trends

About the Teaching Fellow / Instructor: Vazgen Zakharyan is a lawyer and artificial intelligence (AI) law researcher. He is the author of projects for the promotion of cultural heritage protection, the popularization of art, and the elaboration of legal mechanisms for intellectual property protection. He is the coordinator and head researcher of particular projects for studying legal aspects in the field of IP innovative development. 

Zakharyan received a dual bachelor’s degree in law (Armenia) and master’s degree in international relations (Switzerland). He completed the Patent Law and Global Public Health course offered by Harvard Law School / WIPO Academy and currently is a postgraduate researcher in law (UK). As part of his ongoing Ph.D. studies, he is researching AI and associated legal developments and their innovative issues. Previously, he researched IP issues in developing countries and conducted IP analysis at the national and regional levels.

In addition to his legal education, Zakharyan is keen on the arts and cultural project management. He is an author of books and publications dedicated to Armenian fine art and copyright regulations. He is a guest in media programs and has presented at various conferences on urgent legal and IP-related issues.

Classes Start: February 23, 2024

Classes End: March 22, 2024

Schedule: Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm; classroom will be announced to admitted participants

Class Size: Limited to 20 participants

Application and Eligibility Requirements: The workshop will be conducted in English and is free of charge. Participants are expected to be proficient in the English language. To register, please email [email protected] by 6:00pm on February 19, 2024.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.