By Armen Zakarian in Strasbourg
Alvina Gyulumian, a justice of Armenia’s Constitutional Court, was elected on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights, becoming the first Armenian to sit on the Strasbourg-based judicial body.
Gyulumian, 47, was chosen to occupy Armenia’s vacant seat in the court by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a secret ballot.
Also running for the post were Armen Harutiunian, rector of the Yerevan School for Public Administration, and Eduard Muradian, head of the Armenian government’s regulatory Commission on Securities. All three candidates were nominated by President Robert Kocharian.
Gyulumian, who also teaches human rights at Yerevan State University, is the only member female member of the Armenian Constitutional Court. He has held that job ever since the court’s formation in 1996.
Armenia placed itself under the jurisdiction of the Strasbourg court after joining the Council of Europe two years ago and ratifying the European Convention for Human Rights in March 2002. The court has yet to consider appeals from Armenian citizens.