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Dr Demetra Loizou

Lecturer in International Law and Legal Skills



PhD in Law (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2017)

Cyprus Bar Qualification (Cyprus Bar Council, 2008)

LL.M in International Law (University of Edinburgh, 2006)

LL.B (Hons) (University of Bristol, 2005)

Employment Track

Lawyer, Nikos A. Loizou, Law Firm (2018-present)

Associate Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (2017-2018)

Instructor, Global College, Nicosia, Cyprus (2010-2011)

Lawyer, Polakis Sarris & Co, Lawyers (2008-2010)

Trainee Lawyer, Attorney-General’s Office of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (2007-2008)

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate (SOAS, University of London) (1 January 2018 – )
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • Nicosia Bar Association


Research Interests

International Criminal Law (with a particular focus on the International Criminal Court), International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law.


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • LLM Deputy Course Leader (2018-present)
  • Modules Taught: International Criminal Law and Security, Transnational Regulation of Terrorism (LL.M); An Introduction to War Crimes Trials, Criminal Law, Cyprus Public Law and System, Foundations of English and Cypriot Law, Lawyers’ Skills and Personal Development, Legal Research and Reasoning Skills, Legal System (LL.B)

Administrative Roles

  • Senate member (2018-present)
  • Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee (TLEC) member (2018-present)


Selective Publications 

· Demetra Loizou, ‘Emerging Voices: The Participation of Children in Hostilities before the ICC – An Inherent Contradiction between IHL and ICL?’ (Opinio Juris, 23 August 2019) <http://opiniojuris.org/2019/08/23/emerging-voices-the-participation-of-children-in-hostilities-before-the-icc-an-inherent-contradiction-between-ihl-and-icl/>

· Demetra Loizou, Resolution 1593 (2005) Adopted by the Security Council at its 5158th meeting, on 31 March 2005, 18 July 2017, OXIO 241 (OUP ID) <http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law-oxio/e241.013.1/law-oxio-e241?prd=OXIO&result=9&rskey=ASilJz>

· Demetra Loizou, Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation, 21 April 2017, OXIO 119 (OUP ID) <http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law-oxio/e119.013.1/law-oxio-e119?rskey=vc3Fs7&result=1&prd=OXIO>

· Demetra Loizou, Prosecutor v Duško Tadić aka ‘Dule’, Decision on the defence motion for interlocutory appeal on jurisdiction, 12 October 2016, OXIO 62 (OUP ID) <http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law-oxio/e62.013.1/law-oxio-e62?rskey=I5AGOS&result=1&prd=OXIO>

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

· ‘Individual Criminal Responsibility before the International Criminal Court – the Katanga and Bemba cases’(Guest Lecture, University of Cyprus, 24 April 2018)

· ‘The impact of the International Criminal Court’s Establishment on the Further Development of Crimes within the Court’s Jurisdiction’ (New Voices in Post Atrocity Justice, Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London, 26 November 2014).

· ‘The Crime of Genocide in the 21st century following its incorporation in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court’ (SOAS Postgraduate Research Student Seminar Series, 6 February 2013).

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Academic Coordinator, UCLan Cyprus Law Blog (2019-present)
  • Rapporteur, Oxford International Organizations (OUP) (2016-)
  • Visiting Professional, International Criminal Court, The Hague (June-July 2013)