Tufenkian Foundation Joins AUA’s New Mining Legislation Reform Initiative: G. Nazarian Hired To Lead The Program


We are pleased to announce the new Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI), a project of the American University of Armenia’s Center for Responsible Mining. MLRI is made possible through founding support from the Tufenkian Foundation.


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MLRI’s first act has been to hire Mr. Garen Nazarian to oversee the effort. As manager of MLRI, Mr. Nazarian will lead a multi-year effort in ensuring that mining in Armenia provides sufficient benefit to the country and local communities by drafting and passing legislation that will elevate the socio-economic benefits of mining, while reducing the negative environmental and health impacts.

Mr. Nazarian is a lawyer from the United States. Before moving to Armenia in 2012, he worked as a trial lawyer for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Nazarian recently concluded a two-year fellowship with Armenia’s Ministry of Justice, sponsored by Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, aimed at legislative reforms in the justice sector.

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