Karen Andreasyan, the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia from 2011 to 2016, is the creator and producer of Journalistic Battles, a reality TV programme currently broadcasting in Armenia, where young journalists compete to investigate and report on some of the most common corrupt practices in the country. This original format has been duplicated in Kenya and Bolivia. Karen is also the editor-in-chief of Shabat.am Armenian on-line media, an Associate Professor of Law at Yerevan State University and a member of the Armenian Chamber of Advocates.
Previously, Karen worked as an international expert and advisor, including for Article 19 in the UK, the Open Society Justice Initiative in Hungary, and Access to Information in Bulgaria. He served from 2006 to 2007 as an advisor to the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia. From 2007 to 2010 he was a TV host at two Armenian broadcasters: he presented the program State Issues for the Yerkir Media TV Company and the program In Reality for the Armenia TV Company.
Karen's educational background includes a PhD from the Law Faculty of Yerevan State University, as well as stints at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Oxford and the Canadian Center for Human Rights.