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Diplomatic Rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Date of Birth: 31 July 1977

Place of Birth: Tbilisi, Georgia

Marital Status: Married to Nino LEZHAVA, has son Luka DVALI

Education

1994-1999 — Diploma in Law, Faculty of Law, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

2001-2002 — LL.M (Master of Laws) in Comparative and European Law (Magister Iuris Communis), Law, Maastricht University, The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

1999-2012 — In Georgia and abroad completed various training programmes and courses in law studies, legal drafting, international law, international humanitarian law, international relations and conflict resolution

Diplomatic Service

1999 — Intern, Department of International Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia –Tbilisi, Georgia

2000 — Third Secretary, United Nations Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Tbilisi, Georgia

2000-2002 — Second Secretary, United Nations Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia – Tbilisi, Georgia

2002-2004 — Head, United Nations Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Tbilisi, Georgia

2004-2008 — Senior Counsellor, Embassy of Georgia to the United States of America, Mexico and Canada - Washington DC, USA

2008 — Counsellor, Department of Economic, Cultural and Humanitarian Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Tbilisi, Georgia

2009 — Deputy Director, Department of European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Tbilisi, Georgia;

2009-2012 — Minister, Deputy Head of Mission, Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - London, United Kingdom

2 November 2012-28 January 2013 — Ambassador-designate of Georgia to the Republic of South Africa – Pretoria, South Africa

Since 29 January 2013 to 31 October 2022 — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of South Africa – Pretoria, South Africa

2013-2022 — Was accorded accreditations as non-resident Ambassador of Georgia (with residence in Pretoria) to 12 countries of Southern African Development Community (SADC), as follows: Republic of Mozambique (16.10.2013); Republic of Mauritius (6.05.2014); Republic of Botswana (13.06.2014); Republic of Madagascar (9.10.2014); Republic of Zambia (18.02.2015); Republic of Zimbabwe (25.02.2016); Republic of Namibia (25.10.2016); Republic of Angola (20.11.2016); Kingdom of Lesotho (9.03.2017); Kingdom of Eswatini (3.08.2017); Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (11.08.2018); Republic of Malawi (9.01.2020)

January 2020October 2022 — Dean of the Group of European Ambassadors accredited to South Africa

November 2022 — Appointed as Ambassador of Georgia to the Commonwealth of Australia

Since 8 February 2023Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Commonwealth of Australia. Presented the Letters of Credence to His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC (DSC) (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Since 18 April 2023 Non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to New Zealand, presented the Letters of Credence in Wellington to Right Honourable Dame Helen Winkelmann, Administrator of the Government of New Zealand

Since 30 May 2023 – Non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Fiji, presented the Letters of Credence in Suva to His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, the President of the Republic of Fiji

Since 28 September 2023 – Non-resident Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Tuvalu, presented the Letters of Credence to His Excellency The Reverend Sir Tofinga Vaevalu Falani

Academic Activity

2000-2001 — Invited lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law and in International Humanitarian Law at the Georgian Independent Diplomatic Academy (GIDA)

Since 2000 — Delivering lectures ad hoc on foreign policy and international law issues

Publications

2000 — Monograph "Judicial Power in Foreign States", comparative research published in Tbilisi with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

2001 — "Legal System of Australia" and "Legal System of New Zealand" in “The Legal Systems of Foreign States”, published in Tbilisi, Georgia

Since 2000 — Articles/research papers on the various topics of international law, human rights law, constitutional law, environmental law and media law

2021 — “Recent Developments in International law: judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in Georgia v. Russia”, South African Yearbook of International Law (SAYIL), Vol 45, https://unisapressjournals.co.za/index.php/SAYIL/article/view/9695

Languages

Mother tongue: Georgian

Foreign Languages: English (Fluent), Russian (Fluent)