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Dr Despina Christofi

Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Law


DChristofi1@uclan.ac.uk

+357 24694097

Qualifications

PhD in Law (University of Central Lancashire, 2018)

LLM in International Commercial Law (University of Glasgow, 2014)

LLB (Hons) (University of Leicester, 2013)

SD1 under the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning, UCLan Cyprus, 2016-2017

SD2 under the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning, UCLan Cyprus, 2018 (in progress)

Research Interests

  • EU economic and financial governance in times of crisis
  • Socio-economic rights in times of crisis
  • European Banking Union, banking supervision and regulation
  • Harmonization of Private International law in the EU
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution methods
  • International Investment Arbitration
  • Research Assistant, Jean Monnet Module running at the Law School of UCLan Cyprus, ‘The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU’, (FecoGov) 2014-2017, Legal research on the multiple aspects of the law and governance of finance and economic policy in the EU, in the global and multidimensional context of the financial and sovereign debt crisis in the EU and beyond, organisation of guest lectures, roundtables and workshops.

For more information, see http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/en/research/jean-monnet-module/ 

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching

  • Module leader on the LLB (2015-18) for Private International Law (Year 3, Semester 2)
  • Module leader on the LLM (2014-18) for International Commercial Litigation (Semester 1) and International Commercial Arbitration (Semester 2)
  • Lecturer on the LLB (2017-2018) for Commercial Law (Year 4, Semester 1), Tort Law (Year 3, Year-long) and Contract Law (Year 1-2, Year-long)
  • Module leader on BA Accounting and Finance (2016-17) for Legal Obligations in Business
  • Lecturer on the LLB (2014-16) Public Law (Year 2, Semester 1 and 2), Foundations of English and Cypriot Law (Year 1 and 2, Semester 2)
  • Lecturer on the LLM (2014-18) Advanced Legal Systems (Semester 1)
  • Lecturer on Professional Course at UCLan Cyprus (2015-18) Arbitration module: Associate Arbitrator level and Arbitrator level

Administrative Roles

  • Acting Deputy LLB Course Leader (July-December 2018)
  • Administrator on Professional Course at UCLan Cyprus (2015-18) Arbitration module: Associate Arbitrator level and Arbitrator level 

Selective Publications 

  • S. Laulhé Shaelou, D. Christofi and N. Agapiou, International Encyclopedia of Commercial and Economic Law – Cyprus (Kluwer Law International, 2018) (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Cypriot Banking Sector During the Financial Crisis and Its Reforms: An Examination in Light of the Case of the UK’ (2018) 29 The Cyprus Review, 43
  •  ‘Reforms of the banking sector in response to the financial crisis within the EU: comparative analysis of the UK and Cyprus’ (JMMWP 1/2016, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, April 2016)

http://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/files/5514/6314/7804/JMMWP_1of2016.pdf

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

· ‘The definition of deposits and the role of arbitration in the context of the EU economic and financial crisis’ (Central Bank of Cyprus, September 2016)

· ‘Reforms of the banking sector in response to the financial crisis within the EU: comparative analysis of the UK and Cyprus’ (University of Kent in Brussels, UACES Research Conference United or Divided We Stand? Perspectives on the EU’s Challenges, May 2016)

· ‘Reforms of the banking sector in response to the financial crisis within the EU: comparative analysis of the UK and Cyprus’ (University of Birmingham, 5th Conference on European Law and Policy in Context: The Future of European Law and Policy, June 2016)

· ‘The principle of effectiveness during the EU Financial Crisis: effective judicial protection of bank depositors and the alternative of arbitration’ (UCLan Cyprus, JMM Research Workshop on Future Trends in interdisciplinary research, June 2016)

· ‘Effective Judicial Protection of Bank Depositors’ (NILG PhD Roundtable Forum ‘Law and Governance in a Crisis-Ridden European Union’, VU Amsterdam, November 2016)

· Supervision of students: ‘Bilateral Investment Treaties and Investment Arbitration: their connection with the Cyprus banking system and the impact of EU law’ (Central Bank of Cyprus Competition for Law students, February 2017)

·  ‘Bank depositors and the option of international arbitration’ (International Law Association Cypriot Branch Conference ‘International Arbitration, July 2017)

·  ‘The right of effective judicial protection as another victim of the financial crisis’ (UCLan Cyprus JMM Conference ‘The Sustainability of socio-economic rights in times of crisis’ (July 2017))

· ‘Challenges of Economic crime to International Investment Law’ (7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/ Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) ‘Challenges of Economic crime to International Investment Law’ (April 2018)

· Paper entitled ‘Dispute Resolution Mechanism under CETA and TTIP: a step towards arbitration?’ accepted for ‘Transatlantic Perspectives Conference: The Future of European Law & Policy VI’ (University of Birmingham, June 2018)

Consultancy and CPD Training

· Expert opinions on EU financial crisis law and banking law for Cypriot law firms and legal authorities (confidential information) (2016-2017)

·  Professional course on Anti-Money Launering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance ‘The Fundamentals of Anti-Money Launering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance’ (November 2017)

Scholarships/Awards

  • PhD Scholarship, University of Central Lancashire, 2014-17, full tuition fees

Memberships

· Associate in Higher Education Academy

· Member in European Society of International Law

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

· Delivery and administration of income generating professional courses on arbitration level 1 and 2 in association with the Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre since 2015

· Co-setting up and administration of the Cyprus Chapter of the European Centre for Arbitration and Mediation – Launch event on 16 June 2017

· Residential member of ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods)

· Jessup Friendly Judge, University of Cyprus (March 2018)