At the beginning of the meeting, which was attended by heads of chairs and various departments, representatives of the media and others, Dean of YSU Faculty of Law Gagik Ghazinyan and Head of Chair of Constitutional Law Gevorg Danielyan, who are members of the specialized commission on the constitutional reforms at the RA President, made speeches.
Their speeches were aimed at raising awareness on the draft: “As Constitution is a political and legal act, we will address only legal part of these two components. In addition, the audience is not completely composed of professionals in the field required, but at the same time intellectuals, who are highly qualified specialists in various fields of science, we will present those points, which, in our opinion, are the most important and interesting,” - said Mr. Ghazinyan.
Then he presented the Academic Council the Constitution as a whole (what it was and what has become), spoke about specific points that are controversial or somehow unclear.
“The Commission was composed of 9 members, and every question was discussed on a professional level only. As a result, many of the norms were adopted by a vote, with a difference of 1-2 votes. Thus, there was no consensus on all points. Our goal is to introduce you all the points for your awareness, which will help you to make choice,” - said Gagik Ghazinyan.
Mr. Ghazinyan first spoke about the frequently asked questions and their answers, and then moved on to the presentation of specific points. The most extensively were presented points related to life, request for asylum, freedom of testimony, the inviolability of the apartment, the right to elect and to be elected, freedom of communication, the right to a fair trial, procedure for nominating judges, procedure of appointment and election of judges, the powers of court chairmen, etc.
Gevorg Danielyan presented that part of the draft, which concerns the system of governance: “I should note that the system of governance is one of the most controversial ones, and for a long time, the commission was divided into two groups, but in the end we stopped on a parliamentary form of governance,” - said Mr. Danielyan. He added that the process of informing our society has started at their faculty, and taking into consideration the significance of this process, they have expanded these scopes.
After the speeches, members of the commission responded to questions from the audience and commented on their points of view.