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Dr Demetra Loizou

Lecturer in International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law/ LLM Deputy Course Leader

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+357 24694152


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

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

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

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019)

Cyprus Bar Qualification (Cyprus Bar Council, 2008)


International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law

Employment Track

Lecturer in International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (2018-present)

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)

  • Member of the UCLan Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate (SOAS, University of London) (1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)
  • Cyprus Bar Association (Called to the Bar 2008)
  • 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); Public International Law, Advanced Legal Systems (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)
  • Ethics and Integrity Sub-Committee (2021-present)
  • Erasmus Committee (2019-present)


Selective Publications 

  • Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, Demetra Loizou, Fezile Ozum, Andrea Manoli, ‘Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts – Case Study: Cyprus’ (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, June 2022) https://www.biicl.org/documents/11411_cyprus.pdf
  • Demetra Loizou and Despina Christofi, ‘The Concept of Res Judicata in the Common Law System with Emphasis on Cypriot and UK perspectives’ Vol 13(2) (2021) Lexonomica 135-150

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • ‘The Development of IHL in the Jurisprudence of the ICC: Formulation and Interpretation of Article 8 of the Rome Statute’ (Conference on the ICC’s Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 11 February 2021)
  • Despina Christofi and Demetra Loizou, ‘Concept of res judicata in the common law system with emphasis on Cypriot and UK perspectives’ (Diversity of Enforcement Titles in cross-border Debt Collection Conference – EU – En4s, 10 September 2020)
  • ‘Child Soldier Returnees: Redefining EU’s Policy On Children And Armed Conflict’ (UACES Virtual Conference, 8 September 2020
  • ‘When and under what conditions does a parent really have the right to refuse treatment to a minor? Bioethical issues, legal aspects and practical issues affecting human rights in the health sector’ (Bioethics week, University of Nicosia, 8 November 2019) (co-presented with Dr Marios Tryfonides).
  • ‘The missing persons of the Cyprus conflict – an international humanitarian law perspective of access to justice’ (Joint Research Seminar, SOAS Centre for Human Rights Law, 24 October 2019).
  • ‘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).

Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • Diversity of Enforcement Titles in cross-border Debt Collection’ – EU – En4s (2019-2021)
  • ‘Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts’ (Funded by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, May – August 2021)



Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • Fezile Osum – Second PhD Supervisor, Working title: ‘Conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence’, School of Justice, UCLan, UK
  • Katerina Chrysostomou, Director of Studies for PhD, Working title: ‘Can child soldiers be prosecuted for the commission of crimes under international law?’, School of Justice, UCLan, UK
  • Supervisor on LLB and LLM projects and dissertations, School of Law, UCLan, Cyprus

Consultancy and CPD Training

  • Country expert for Cyprus (January 2022-present) – Legal Compliance Assessment and Legal Consultancy Studies (Milieu Law and Policy Consulting)

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)