Mushegh Manukyan 2020-01-30T21:26:12+00:00

Mushegh Manukyan

Senior Fellow – Armenia

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.

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, he practices international dispute resolution at Three Crowns LLP (Washington, D.C. office), a world leading international arbitration law firm.

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 neutrals and case management functions. He has mediated numerous cases, established the first court-annexed mediation programs in Armenia, served as a mediator in two small-claim courts in Massachusetts within the Harvard mediation program, and currently serves as a mediator at the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Previously, Mr. Manukyan was senior counsel at a Texas-based high-tech company managing Russia and CIS, India, the Middle East, and Africa legal matters for more than 10 subsidiaries of the company. From 2009-2012, Mr. Manukyan was the head of the legal formalities section of the Armenian subsidiary of one of the world’s largest telecommunication groups and concurrently served as general counsel of a mobile banking subsidiary of the same group.

Litigation Practice

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

Mediation Practice

Mr. Manukyan began mediating in 2011, following completion of the Weinstein JAMS Fellowship Program. He has since mediated over 50 cases in Armenia and the United States, some of which included multiple disputes with numerous parties. His diverse mediation experience includes cases ranging from international commercial contracts, to 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.

ADR Achievements and Training

ADR Achievements

• Founded and managed the first private ADR center in Armenia, ADR Partners
• Drafted Armenia’s first mediation laws
• Established first ADR course at an Armenian University and established mediation and arbitration clinics at two leading universities
• Trained over 500 ADR lawyers and mediators, including over 30 certified Armenian mediators permitted to mediate court-referred cases
• Trained hundreds of Armenian judges and lawyers on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration
• Established Armenia’s first court-annexed mediation programs, demonstrating the efficiency of mediation in Armenian courts

ADR Training

  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. degree; Mediator at the Harvard Mediation Program; Founder of the Harvard Arbitration Discussion Series; Author of “16 Minutes of ADR” (2015-2016)
  • University of California Hastings College of The Law, San Francisco, CA, “Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR: A Practical & Theoretical Program” (June 2013)
  • Weinstein JAMs International Fellow (2011)
  • Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, “Mediation & Other Methods To Foster Democratic Dialogue” (June 2010)
  • International Bar Association / The University of Law (UK) (distance learning), “International Practice Diploma Program in International Arbitration” (July – December 2010)
  • Sapienza University of Rome & Hamline University School of Law, Rome, Italy, International Post-Graduate Course, “Making and Saving Deals” (May – June 2007)
  • International Training Center of The International Labor Organization (UN/ILO), Turin, Italy, International Trade Law Post-Graduate Course (March – June 2006)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Substitute Lecturer, Washington, D.C. American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (since 2017)
    Teaches settlement of international disputes (substituting for Luke Sobota, Three Crowns partner)
  • ADR Partners, Yerevan, Armenia (since May 2012)
    Trained and mentored hundreds of lawyers, judges, and law students
  • Lecturer in law, American University of Armenia (AUA), Yerevan, Armenia (April 2012 – August 2015)
    Conducted lectures on international business transactions and alternative dispute resolution; Founded and managed AUA Mediation and Arbitration Clinic
  • Lecturer in law, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU), Yerevan, Armenia
    (February 2010 – May 2013)
  • Conducted lectures and seminars on international private law and alternative dispute resolution; Founded and managed RAU Mediation and Arbitration Clinic

Publications and Education


Mr. Manukyan has published over 30 articles and two monographs on various topics of private international law and alternative dispute resolution in Russia, Italy and the United States, including an article in an ABA-published book Stories Mediators Tell – World Edition (2017) presenting mediation stories from leading international mediators.

Educational Qualifications

  • BA in Law, Yerevan State University (2003)
  • MA in International Law, Yerevan State University (2005)
  • Ph.D. in Private International Law, Russian State Social University in Moscow (2009), where he taught private international law for two years.
  • LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2016), where he founded the Harvard Arbitration Discussion Series and launched an interview project “16 Minutes of ADR” with leading arbitration and mediation practitioners.
  • Attended more than 15 international courses on international law and ADR in various countries
  • Qualified in New York and Armenia

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