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The School of Law - Research, Innovation and Enterprise Profile

The School’s research, innovation and enterprise strategy is centred around several pillars:

(i) Excellence in teaching and expertise at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research level involving advanced methodology and innovative research methods;

(ii) Enhanced research environment with PhD and post-doc programmes;

(iii) Internationally recognised research and funding in an interdisciplinary setting;

(iv) Innovation and entrepreneurship through strong professional engagement and enhanced continuous professional development;

(v) Social engagement and public awareness.

The School’s strategy is placed in the context of high priority fields for Cyprus and Europe, such as global peace, economic growth and employment, social policy, education, security and information systems, crisis management, compliance or sector-related policies, to the benefit of the public and private sector, higher education and research, professionals in law and related industries, and of young people, as a mean to address modern societal challenges.

The expertise of academics and associates at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus stretches to a wide range of areas of the law at the national, European and international level, as well neighbouring disciplines such as international relations, ethics or history, in an interdisciplinary and modern setting and in full respect for the rule of law, democracy, equality and justice. Associates include Honorary Fellows, Visiting Fellows, Research scholars as well as Associate Lecturers. Currently academics and associates at the School of Law are engaged in the following broad priorities through their research, innovation and enterprise activities:

  1. Sustainability of socio-economic rights in times of crisis;
  2. Post-conflict and troubled societies/territories;
  3. Modern challenges for States, global citizens and businesses;
  4. Dispute resolution and conflict management (also through ICLAIM);
  5. Compliance and risk management;
  6. Rule of Law, Justice and History.

The academics of the School of Law are all PhD holders and active researchers involved in the UK Research Exercise Framework and in nationally or internationally funded programmes. They publish their work in internationally recognised peer reviewed platforms. They include the following members of the School:

Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus

Prof. Doris Schroeder, Professor of Moral Philosophy

Dr. Klearchos Kyriakides, Assistant Professor in English Law, Constitutional History and Professional Skills

Dr. Athanasia Hadjigeorgiou, Lecturer in Transitional Justice and Human Rights

Dr. Nevi Agapiou, Lecturer in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution

Dr. Natalie Alkiviadou, Lecturer in EU Law and Human Rights

Dr. Lida Pitsillidou, Lecturer in Company Law and Corporate Governance

Dr. Despina Christofi, Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Law (title awarded during 2018)

The School is very proud to host the following high-level experts reinforcing the School’s research and development profile:

Hon. Dr. Demetris Hadjihambis, Former President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Dr. Hadjihambis specialises in Jurisprudence, Cyprus Public Law and mooting and legal debating.

Hon. Mr. George Arestis, Former Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Judge Arestis specialises in EU Law.

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis specialises inter alia in the Cyprus Problem, Foreign Policy, Cultural Diplomacy, Gender Issuers, Human Rights, and Hydrocarbon discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The School of Law is also proud to host research scholars doing their PhDs with academics at the School in fields as diverse as the EU financial crisis, EU citizenship, Brexit, Peacebuilding, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Law and History, in partnership with the Lancashire Law School. For more information on the School’s PhD programme, please contact the Head at slaulhe-shaelou@uclan.ac.uk

For detailed academic profiles, appointments and achievements of all of the above members of the School of Law with areas of expertise and a selection of publications, please visit http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/courses/school-law/academics/

The School is currently involved in a number of national and international research projects such as SHERPA (Horizon 2020, SwafS 22, 2018-2022) and Jean Monnet Actions (Erasmus+, 2014-2017).

For an example of successful research funding at the School, see http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/research/jean-monnet-module/

For social projects at the School, please press here.

The School is also very active in rendering consultancy services and delivering continuous professional development. For the School’s expertise in the field, please press here. For examples of professional and short courses, see http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/news/seminars-events/arbitration-module-arbitrator-level/ and http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/courses/school-law/seminars-and-events/school-law-uclan-cyprus-professional-course-fundamentals-anti-money-laundering-and-counter-terrorist-financing-compliance/

Finally, a few words about the superior social, legal and professional skills the School equips the students with. Our students stand ready to face the professional world, including through our skills spines, our advanced skills training and professional courses, as well as our many co- and extra-curricular activities ranging from dining with the legal profession to international moots, and through our internship and graduate traineeship programme. Many of our students have already completed work placements in Cyprus, the UK or Europe and have been commended for their good spirit, character, knowledge and work. We also make sure they develop an entrepreneurship mindset and guide them through the process of realising their own projects and ideas, building a bridge between independent learning and independent undertaking. In this respect and since 2017, the School works closely with a non-profit organisation called Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (‘ICLAIM’) on projects of social entrepreneurship in full collaboration with academics, students and professionals. For more information, see below and visit www.iclaimcentre.org

For multiple examples of successful social, legal and professional engagement of the School, its academics, associates, its students, as well as the public at large please see here.

The School also maintains strategic partnerships in the form of European and international mobility agreements for students and staff (Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus) as well as memoranda of understanding and collaborations with the industry, international organisations and NGOs. These include the Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAMC), the European Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEAM) and Softline Computer Ltd (legal case management software).

For courses offered at the School of Law, see http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/courses/school-law/

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR LAW, ALTERNATIVE & INNOVATIVE METHODS 

The Law School of UCLan Cyprus is pleased to announce the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (‘ICLAIM’), created in February 2017. ICLAIM is an interdisciplinary not-for-profit Centre, which closely works with UCLan Cyprus on law in the real world, socio-legal issues and disputes arising in a transnational and interdisciplinary context, at all levels of the legal order and multi-level governance (international, European and national), utilising alternative and innovative methods. In particular, ICLAIM is concerned with:

- the creation, application, implementation and enforcement of law; and with

- the settlement, mediation, negotiation, arbitration, resolution and other forms of dispute resolution.

Through, inter alia, the marketization of outputs and the securing of external funding to conduct its activities in Cyprus and beyond, ICLAIM is a vehicle for responsible research, innovation and enterprise in the aforementioned fields through:

- educational training;

- vocational training;

- engagement with the legal profession, the industry and the public; and

- social entrepreneurship and service to the community.

Initial activities of ICLAIM include a scholarly applied focus on challenges for global citizens, businesses and their states in an effort to secure real public benefit through:

- the setting-up of pilot clinic and/or service bureau schemes;

- the delivery of professional or short courses;

- the creation of related research outputs, tools and deliverables;

- collaboration, education and knowledge outreach/service to the community;

- mentoring and consulting involving students, professionals, the industry, special interest groups as well as the wider community.

Ongoing projects include a community mediation handbook, human rights training and work on ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution).

ICLAIM resident members are credited with local, regional and global initiatives focusing on very diverse fields of the law in the real world, through alternative and innovative methods. They work very closely with internationally respected and distinguished researchers and academics as well as key industry partners and professionals, including in the public sector, in Cyprus, Europe and the wider region. They are also assisted by interns.

For more information, please visit the ICLAIM website here.