About Mushegh Manukyan
Mushegh Manukyan is an international attorney, mediation pioneer, and arbitration counsel. He has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration, as well as representing foreign companies in various complex matters. Currently, Mr. Manukyan manages the Mediation Unit of the Ombudsman Office for United Nations Funds and Programmes. In his personal capacity, he also serves as General Counsel-International for Enveritas, providing pro-bono legal advice to this Connecticut-based nonprofit that aims at ending poverty in the coffee industry. Previously, he practiced international dispute resolution at Three Crowns LLP (Washington, D.C. office), a world-leading international arbitration law firm, and worked at two multinational companies as in-house counsel managing legal work for over 15 subsidiaries in the EMEA and APAC regions. He also served as a mediator with the D.C. Court of Appeals and the World Bank Group’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman. Mr. Manukyan’s current efforts focus on encouraging mediation globally.
Mr. Manukyan 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, which he developed from a “one-man” firm to a fully operating ADR center with more than 13 local neutrals, case management functions, and a network of international mediators from over 20 countries. He has mediated numerous cases in Armenia, Massachusetts courts, and the D.C. Court of Appeals, and established the first court-annexed mediation programs in Armenia.
Mr. Manukyan’s litigation and arbitration practice focuses on the following areas:
- Commercial contracts, particularly with an international element
- Intellectual property and technology disputes
- Investment disputes with States, primarily arising under bilateral investment treaties
- Corporate disputes, including M&A and Joint Venture disputes
- Workplace disputes
Mr. Manukyan began mediating in 2007, following completion of two international ADR training programs in Italy. He has since mediated over 100 cases in Armenia and the United States, some of which included multiple parties and involved millions of dollars. His diverse mediation experience includes international commercial contracts, insurance claims, real estate, and family disputes. He was the first court-annexed mediator in Armenia and began the mediation of cases referred by judges in advance of the enactment of mediation laws. Currently, at the United Nations, Mr. Manukyan mediates workplace disputes almost every single day, and from every part of the world.