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Biography

Nino Lomjaria

Education

Washington University in St. Louis, L.L.M in U.S. Law, 2011
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Master’s Degree in Law, 2006

Working Experience

First Deputy Auditor General, State Audit Office of Georgia (SAO) (November 2016 – September 2017), Tasks: supervising the performance of various units, including Analytical and Strategic Planning, Legal; Political Finance Monitoring, Quality assurance and other departments; Coordinating institutional development projects and activities and communication with international and donor organizations, representing SAO with government and the parliament of Georgia;

Secretary General, European Network of Election Monitoring organizations (ENEMO) (February 2015 – October 2016), Tasks: Responsible for establishing contacts and maintaining communication with donor organizations, international organizations, international CSOs and government officials; Representing the network, comprised by 23 CSOs from 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia at international events; Responsible for fundraising for international election observation missions and institutional support activities of ENEMO; Planning, coordinating and supervising overall activities and ongoing projects of the network;

Legal and Elections consultant, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) (January 2016 – present), Tasks: Providing consultancy and expertise to the organization in the fields of election observation, local self-governance, anti-corruption, judiciary, human rights; Assisting organization in developing recommendation to the various governmental institutions (Parliament of Georgia, Central Election Commission, State Audit Office, Local authorities, etc.) on transparency and accountability issues; Coordinating CSO public campaign in support of judicial reform; Representing the organization with executive and legislative officials, governmental agencies, international and domestic organizations and in media.

Executive Director, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) (October 2011 – 2015), Tasks: Responsible for overall management and representation of the organization, including planning, implementing and oversight of its activities; Recruiting and supervising performance of 20 full time and 80 part time staff members of ISFED; Fundraising, reporting, representing, lobbying, analysing and consulting on behalf of the organization; Preparing and approving reports and official statements of ISFED, communication with government institutions and officials, media, donors, international stakeholders and domestic partners;

The area of work and Implemented projects: National-wide election observation missions for 2012, 2013, 2014 elections; Monitoring transparency and accountability of election administration and local self-government institutions throughout the country; Monitoring transparency of local budgets; Promoting dialog and communication between citizens and local authorities, enhancing citizen participation in decision making process; Capacity building of various state commissions and local self-government agencies; Participation in the work of various commissions created by executive and legislative branches of the government of Georgia; carrying out activities aiming at enhancing women political participation; Running various CSO campaigns in support of: access to media for 2012 parliamentary elections, party financing and electoral law reform, Georgian EU integration, reforming law-enforcement institutions; Running international projects to promote free and fair elections in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries and support the work of election observer CSOs from these regions;

Ilia State University, invited professor, (October 2014 – June 2015), Tasks: delivering lectures in electoral law;

Research assistant of a law professor, Washington, DC (summer 2011), Tasks: Conducting research and comparative legal analyses of the European, US and Canadian laws on effectiveness of legislator’s oversight of the work of intelligence agencies. Taking part in writing academic paper on the topic;

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA), Elections Projects’ Coordinator (2008 - 2010), responsibilities: Coordinating the projects aiming improving electoral environment of Georgia, enhancing active citizen participation in decision making processes, establishing and developing institutional communicational channels between local authorities and citizens; 

Tasks included managing country-wide election monitoring missions of GYLA, preparing monitoring reports; Conducting trainings on public participation in decision making process, participating in parliamentary and NGO working-group created to carry out Election Code reform; Participation in international conferences dedicated to civic activities; Presenting organization at courts; Relations with donor/international organizations and local partners.

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Project - “Financial Transparency and Anti-Corruption Monitoring of Public Funds” (2005- 2007), Lawyer; Tasks: Conducted financial monitoring of the state agencies; Prepared anti-corruption reports; Analyzed aspects of the state control system in Georgia; Conducted monitoring of fulfillment of international anti-corruption obligation of the Georgian government; Conducted trainings on transparency of state agencies and access to public information; Prepared analysis on draft laws related to the access to information and anti-corruption issues; Represented the organization in court and at administrative agencies during administrative disputes; Organized and participated in various public awareness campaigns;

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Assistant of the Legal Aid Center (2003-2004), Tasks: Assisted Lawyer with preparing legal documents for civil and administrative cases, gave legal consultations to citizens, prepared legal documents; Preparing newspaper articles on recently adopted legal provisions;

Constitutional Court of Georgia, Assistant of a judge (2002-2003), Tasks: Assisted a judge in preparing legal documents; analyzing the practice of the court;

Major Publications and Researches

1. 2014 local self-government elections in Georgia, Final monitoring report, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), 2014 – co-author and responsible for publication;

2. 2013 Presidential Elections in Georgia, Final monitoring report, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), 2013 - co-author and responsible for publication; 

3. Direct and Indirect access to intelligence information: lessons in legislative oversight from the United States and Canada, Kathleen Clark and Nino Lomjaria; SECRECY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE VINDICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 2013

4. 1 October 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia, Final monitoring report, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), 2013 - co-author and responsible for publication;

5. Limited Oversight: legislative Access to Intelligence Information in the United States and Canada, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Nino Lomjaria, Kathleen Clark; 2012;

6. 30 May 2010 Local Self-government Elections in Georgia, Monitoring report on pre-election campaign, Election Day and post-election period; Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, 2010;

7. 3 November 2008 Adjara Supreme Council elections, Monitoring report and recommendations on pre-election campaign, election day and post-election period; Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association publication, December 19, 2008;

8. 21 May 2008 Parliamentary Elections Post-election Period in Georgia (monitoring report of electoral litigation and recommendations), Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association publication, (GYLA) 2008;

9. “The Chamber of Control of Georgia – Effective Mechanism of Control?“ (Legal Analysis), GYLA, 2007;

10. “Offices of Inspector General – perspective of Internal Control Mechanisms” – (Legal analysis), GYLA, 2007;

11. The Financial Monitoring of the 2006 Reserve Fund of the Government of Georgia; Mid-term Report, GYLA, 2006;

12. The Financial Monitoring of the 2005 Reserve Fund of the Government of Georgia; GYLA, Final Report, 2006;

13. The Financial Monitoring of the 2005 Reserve Funds of the President and the Government of Georgia; GYLA, 2005;

14. “Freedom of Expression in Georgia after “Rose Revolution”; (Legislation Analysis; Media Analysis; Evaluations by International Organizations; Analysis of Journalism Survey; Analysis of Court Practice), GYLA, Tbilisi, 2006.

Major Professional Achievements and Diplomas

1.  Certificate for successful completion of the Summer School of Economics, July, 2016, Society and Banks;

2. OSCE/ODIHR Certificate for successfully completing the Training for LTOs, 29 Jun- 3 July, 2015, Belgrade;

3. 2014 Human Rights Activist Award from 6 Georgian Universities; 

4. Fellowship award for the 2010 Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State; 

5. Certificate of Graduation from the NDI Future Women Leaders Program, 2008-2009 (NDI, USAID GEORGIA); 

6. Attorney’s License in Civil and Administrative Law, Georgian Bar Association, 2006;

7. Certificate for the First Place in the National Olympiad in Civil, Administrative and Criminal Law; (USAID, ABA, GLSA and the Supreme Court of Georgia), 2005; 

8. Certificate for the “The Best Participant of the Olympiad”; in the State Legal Olympiad “Human and the Constitution (The Constitutional Court of Georgia), 2001;

9. Certificate for Winning the State Legal Olympiad “Human and the Constitution”, nomination: “Member of the Winning Team”; (The Constitutional Court of Georgia), 2001

10. Certificate for Winning the Moot Court Competition based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child; (UNICEF; GYLA), 2000;

Election Observation Experience

Domestic EOM

2016 mid-term local self-government elections, Georgia, ISFED, legal and elections consultant;

2015 mid-term Parliamentary (majoritarian) elections, Georgia, ISFED, head of election observation mission;

2014 Local self-government elections, Georgia, ISFED, head of election observation mission;

2013 Presidential elections, Georgia, ISFED, head of the observation mission;

2013 mid-term Parliamentary (majoritarian) elections, Georgia, ISFED, head of election observation mission;

2012 Parliamentary elections, Georgia, ISFED, head of the observation mission;

2010 local self-government elections, Georgia, GYLA, election observation mission coordinator;

2008 Parliamentary elections, Georgia, GYLA, election observation mission coordinator;

2008 Adjara Supreme Council elections; Georgia, election observation mission coordinator;

2008 Presidential elections, Georgia, GYLA, district observer;

2006 Local self-government elections, Georgia, GYLA observer;

International EOM

2015 local self-government elections, Ukraine, international observer, STO, ENEMO mission;

2014 Presidential Elections, 2nd round, Tunisia, International observer, STO, NDI mission;

2014 Presidential elections, Romania, international observer, STO, EPDE mission;

2013 Parliamentary elections, Germany, international observer, STO, EPDE mission;

2013 Parliamentary elections, Norway, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, STO, international observer;

2008 Parliamentary elections, Lithuania, STO, GYLA, international observer.

International Conferences and workshops

Fourth Implementation meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organization, Panelist, Bali, Indonesia, 22 August, 2016;

Third Implementation meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organization, Panelist, Johannesburg, 8-9 June, 2015;

Parliamentary Conference on Implementation of the Right to free elections: the Challenges to Applying Election Legislation and the CoE Standards, NA of France and the Venice Commission, Paris, 4-5 June, 2015;

EU Visitors Program participant, Brussels, 25-29 November, 2013;

The first implementation meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organization, Panelist, Beirut, April 2013;

The Official Public launch of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organization, participant, 2-5 April, NY, 2012;

Eastern Promises Policy Dialogue - Political reforms in Georgia, European Policy Center, Presenter, Brussels, May 2013;

Election Fraud and Election Observation in Eastern Europe; public Discussion at the Stefan Batory Foundation, Panelist, Warsaw, December, 2012;

2010 Open World Program of the Library of Congress on” Accountable Governance – Local Government Elections”, Participant, March 2010, USA, Washington DC; WV;

International Conference - “Elections Monitoring and Advocacy”, presenter, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, March 2008;

Round table “Ukrainian-Georgian synergy”, participant, Kiev, Ukraine, March, 2008;

Languages

Georgian (native); English (excellent); Russian (Good)

 

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