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ICLAIM – Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative & Innovative Methods


The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is very pleased to announce the establishment of and cooperation with ICLAIM, a non-for-profit social vehicle, since February 2017.
ICLAIM has a Vision of Law, Innovation and Alternative solutions in the modern world, underpinned by high quality research and impact. A world where citizens, small businesses and the industry engage with our applied research and creative legal solutions, widening access to rights and impacting society.
ICLAIM has a Mission of acting as a social enterprise transmitting knowledge and enabling the wider public to have access to their rights through innovative and alternative legal solutions at a fair cost. We are pioneering new solutions with wider impact on the creation, implementation, enforcement and reform of rights in a modern society.
ICLAIM’s Objectives include:
• To create, promote and raise awareness of innovative and alternative legal solutions, including dispute resolution methods, widening access to rights.
• To support legal research and impact beyond academia, making a notable difference in society.
• To develop ways of sharing experience, knowledge and expertise with citizens, small business and the industry, designing creative legal solutions taylor-made to their needs.
• To work with low and middle-income organisations and young people to learn from and build capacity for research and impact informed legal solutions.
• To empower ICLAIM users to find their own solutions to socio-legal challenges.

Initial activities of ICLAIM include professional training on international mediation and on case management systems as well as human rights and entrepreneurship seminars open to students and professionals alike. Recently ICLAIM produced a Handbook for professionals on social mediation in Cyprus and participated as an expert partner to a several conferences and workshops entitled ‘Social Mediation in Practice’ and ‘Human Rights Education’ held at UCLan Cyprus. Participants included graduate students of the Law School, local communities, members of the police force of Cyprus and NGOs. They were trained on ICLAIM’s Handbook, were given lectures from a socio-legal, psychological and informal educational perspective and carried out interactive activities including in international and European tools. The workshops/conferences took place in the framework of projects funded by the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change based at UCLAN (UK) and currently by the British High Commission. For more information on the social mediation project visit www.social-mediation.org

In May 2018, under section 22 of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes Law of 2017 (L.85(I)/2017), the Consumer Protection Authority of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus approved ICLAIM as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) entity for (a) consumer goods contracts (online and non-online) as well as (b) consumer services contracts (online and non-online), including financial contracts, but excluding construction contracts. ICLAIM commenced its operations as an ADR entity in June 2018. For more information visit https://www.iclaimcentre.org/consumer-adr-entity/

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. The Founding Members/Directors of ICLAIM are Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, and Dr. Lida Pitsillidou. The secretary is Dr. Nevi Agapiou. ICLAIM is supported by students of UCLan Cyprus on internship. Many resident experts and research scholars support the work of ICLAIM.

For further information about ICLAIM, please do not hesitate to contact us at 24694096 or info@iclaimcentre.org. Professionals are welcome to contact us with any ideas they may have falling within the ambit of ICLAIM and which they would like to develop in partnership with ICLAIM. Interns welcome.


Visit our website: www.iclaimcentre.org

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