Mariam Vashakidze is a Senior Associate at BLB. Prior to joining BLB, Ms. Vashakidze worked as a legal advisor at the State Representation to the International Courts of Human Rights, Ministry of Justice of Georgia, where, whilst acting as a State lawyer, her primary duties included the preparation of legal positions for inter-state and individual disputes.
Ms. Vashakidze has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where she held the position of Protection Field Officer and was responsible for documenting violations of International Humanitarian Law. Ms. Vashakidze was also employed by a local NGO, where she worked on various projects for the implementation of fundamental civil and political rights. Ms. Vashakidze has also lectured a one-semester international law course in both public and private universities in Georgia.
Ms. Vashakidze holds an LL.M Degree in Public International Law, with Merit, from King’s College London, School of Law, United Kingdom. She has also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Law, with Honors, and holds a Master's Degree in International Law with Honors from Tbilisi State University. During her studies, Ms. Vashakidze was awarded number of government scholarships received through the Educational MA Program, funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, funded by the US State Department.
Ms. Vashakidze has acted as national as well international jury on several moot court competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, and the IHL National Competition.
She has successfully passed the General Bar Exam and is a certified attorney in the field.
Alongside her native Georgian, Ms. Vashakidze is fluent in English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of French.