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Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Area of Advocacy: Human Rights
Organization: Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA)
Liana Haroyan works with Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA) in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she supports the development of the organization’s clinical education programs. Prior to this, she worked with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Yerevan, Armenia, beginning in 2003. While there, she worked with the Human Rights Commission in the office of the Armenian president.
Originally from Armenia, Liana also worked with the Media Law Institute (MLI) there. She was the senior legal counselor, managed MLI’s strategic litigation project, and served as the board director. While at MLI, Liana provided legal expertise and aid to media, and protected the legitimate interests of individuals from false and libeling publications and from intrusion into their private life. After Liana graduated from law school in 1998 she served as a legal assistant and then legal advisor at the Free Legal Aid Center of the Bar Association of the Republic of Armenia. As a PILnet International Fellow, Liana developed a project to improve the provision of legal aid services for members of the media and reform the legislative framework regarding freedom of information and freedom of expression to increase protections of journalists.