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Dr Despina Christofi

Associate Lecturer in Financial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution


DChristofi1@uclan.ac.uk

+357 24694000

Qualifications

PhD in Law (University of Central Lancashire, 2018)

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

LLB (Hons) (University of Leicester, 2013)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)

HRDA (Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus) trainer, 2019

Certified mediator, UCLan Civil and Commercial Mediation training Course, registered Civil/ Commercial Mediation Training Course provider with the Civil Mediation Council (CMC), 2018

 

Specialization

Financial law and crisis, Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

Employment Track

Associate Lecturer in Financial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, 2021

Lecturer in Financial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, 2017 – 2021

Research scholar at UCLan Cyprus, 2014 – 2017

 

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Legal Council (non-practising lawyer)
  • Member of European Society of International Law (2015 – 2017)
  • Member of University Association for Contemporary European Studies (2017 – )

 

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

 

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Acting Deputy LLB Course Leader (July-December 2018)
  • Acting Deputy LLM Course Leader (April-August 2020)
  • Module leader on the LLB (2015-20) for Private International Law (Year 3) and Commercial Law (Year 4)
  • Module leader on the LLM (2014-20) for International Commercial Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Mediation, Banking and Financial Services Regulation and The Law of International Financial Transactions
  • Lecturer on the LLB (2017-2020) for Tort Law (Year 3) and Contract Law (Year 1-2)
  • Module leader on BA Accounting and Finance (2016-17) for Legal Obligations in Business
  • Supervisor on LLB and LLM projects and dissertations
  • Lecturer on the LLB (2014-16) Public Law (Year 2), Foundations of English and Cypriot Law (Year 1 and 2), Interviewing and Employability (Year 4)
  • Lecturer on the LLM (2014-18) Advanced Legal Systems
  • Lecturer on Professional Course at UCLan Cyprus (2015-18) Arbitration module: Associate Arbitrator level and Arbitrator level

Administrative Roles

  • Administrator on Professional Courses at UCLan Cyprus (2015 -2021) Arbitration module: Associate Arbitrator level and Arbitrator level, and International Civil and Commercial Mediation (2018 -2021)
  • CPD administration in Law Academy, UCLan Cyprus –  (2018 – 2021) https://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/short-course/law-academy/
  • Member of the Bioethics Committee, UCLan Cyprus (2018 – 2021)
  • Member of the Erasmus Committee, UCLan Cyprus (2019 – 2021)
  • LLB and LLM Academic Advisor

 

Selective Publications 

  • D. Christofi, ‘The Relationship between Allegations of Economic Crimes in Foreign Investments and the Adjudicative Power of Investor–State Tribunals’ (2020) ICSID Review (forthcoming)
  • Update on A. Emilianides, S. Laulhé Shaelou, A.Solomou, International Encyclopedia of Private International Law – Cyprus (Kluwer Law International, 2015) (in print)
  • D. Christofi, N. Agapiou and S. Laulhé Shaelou, International Encyclopedia of Commercial and Economic Law – Cyprus (Kluwer Law International, 2020)
  • D. Christofi, ‘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
  • D. Christofi, ‘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

 

Blogs:

 

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • ‘The right of effective judicial protection as another victim of the financial crisis’ (First expert meeting of the project ‘Diversity of Enforcement titles in cross-border debt collection in the EU – EU-En4s’, Cyprus, January 2020)
  • ‘The Principle of Effectiveness during the EU Financial Crisis: Effective Judicial Protection of Bank Depositors and the Alternative of Arbitration’  (UACES 49th Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2019)
  • ‘Bank insolvency: A special case without a special regime’ (‘3rd International Conference on European Company Law and Corporate Governance’ (Zagreb, Croatia, December 2018)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘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))
  • ‘Bank depositors and the option of international arbitration’ (International Law Association Cypriot Branch Conference ‘International Arbitration, July 2017)
  • ‘Effective Judicial Protection of Bank Depositors’ (NILG PhD Roundtable Forum ‘Law and Governance in a Crisis-Ridden European Union’, VU Amsterdam, November 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)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘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)
  • 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)

 

Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • Researcher on ‘Diversity of Enforcement titles in cross-border debt collection in the EU – EU-En4s’, co-founded by the EU Justice Programme (2014-2020). The overarching aim is to promote judicial cooperation in civil matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application and enforcement of EU instruments. Priority will be given to better enforcement of judicial decisions, in particular resulting from cross-border disputes. More information on the project can be found at https://www.pf.um.si/en/acj/projects/pr09-eu-en4s/
  • 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/ 

 

Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • LLB projects and dissertations and LLM dissertations supervisor (13 to date)
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot– UCLan Cyprus Team Coach (2020)
  • 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)

 

Consultancy and CPD Training

  • Civil and Commercial CPD and Observation organised by Essential Mediation Solutions and Lakeland Mediation Solutions (August 2020)
  • Online summer school ‘Recent developments on financial crime, corruption and money laundering: European and international perspectives’ organised by the Research Institute for Transparency, Corruption and Financial Crime, Faculty of Law – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (July 2020)
  • Professional course ‘Legal Issues and Practical Approaches for Blockchain and Digital Currencies’ organised by School of Law, UCLan Cyprus (December 2019)
  • Professional course on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance ‘The Cyprus legal framework of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance’ organised by School of Law, UCLan Cyprus (November 2018)
  • Professional course on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance ‘The Fundamentals of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance’ organised by School of Law, UCLan Cyprus (November 2017)
  • Expert opinions on EU financial crisis law and banking law for Cypriot law firms and legal authorities (confidential information) (2016-2017)

 

Scholarships/Awards

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

 

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Residential member of ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods) which is an ADR Entity for Consumer Disputes approved by the Cyprus Consumer Protection Authority under section 22 of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes Law of 2017 (L.85(I)/2017) which transposed Directive 2013/11/EU into the national legal order.
  • Member of the Academic Editorial Team of UCLan Cyprus Law Blog (2020 – )
  • Delivery and administration of income generating professional courses on arbitration level 1 and 2 in association with the Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre 2015-2018
  • Board member of the Cyprus Chapter of the European Centre for Arbitration and Mediation – Launch event on 16 June 2017
  • Jessup Friendly Judge, University of Cyprus (March 2018)
  • Reviewer in Cyprus Law Review