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Dr Nasia Hadjigeorgiou

Deputy Head of School of Law, Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights, LLB Deputy Course Leader

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+357 24694084


PhD in Law (King’s College London, 2015)

LLM (University of Cambridge, 2010)

LLB (University College London, 2009)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016



Law, Human Rights and Transitional Justice


Employment Track

Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights, UCLan Cyprus, July 2018-present

Lecturer, UCLan Cyprus, September 2013-July 2018

Memberships (Academic/Professional)


Research Interests

Human rights, peacebuilding and transitional justice, Public International Law. 


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership

  • Course Leader, LLB
  • Modules Taught: Public Law (LLB), Criminal Law (LLB), Public International Law (LLB), International Human Rights Law (LLB and LLM), International Criminal Law (LLM), Inter/Intra-State Conflict Settlement and the Law (LLM), Peacebuilding and the Law (LLM).

Administrative Roles

  • Member of SEEC [Student Experience and Engagement Committee] of the University
  • Member of ASQAC [Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee] of the School of Law


Selective Publications 


  • Protecting human rights and building peace in post-violence societies: An under-explored relationship (Hart Publishing, 2020).

Edited Book:

  • (ed.) Identity, Belonging and Human Rights (Brill, 2019).


  • ‘Conflict Resolution in Post-violence Societies: Some Guidance for the Judiciary’ (2020) The International Journal of Human Rights
  • ‘Joannou v. Turkey: An Important Legal Development and a Missed Opportunity’ (2018) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 168-174 .
  • ‘Remedying Displacement in Frozen Conflicts: Lessons from the Case of Cyprus’ (2016) 18 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 152-175.
  • ‘Αναγκαστική καισαρική επέμβαση. Βίοι παράλληλοι ή αλληλοεξαρτώμενοι;’ (2013) 57 Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου 81-106 [‘Forced Caesarean Section: Parallel or Symbiotic Lives?’] (co-authored with Maria Kozakou).
  • ‘Balancing Conflicting Interests During Pregnancy: Ultrasound v. Reality’ (2010) Cork Online Law Review 42.
  • ‘Rethinking the Mechanisms for Judgment Compliance in the Council of Europe and Eliminating the “Legal/Political Gap”’ (2010) Cork Online Law Review 136.

Book Chapters:

  • ‘Entrenching Hegemony in Cyprus: The Doctrine of Necessity and the Principle of Bi-communality’ (with Nikolas Kyriakou) in Yaniv Roznai and Richard Albert, Constitutionalism under Extreme Conditions: Law, Emergency, Exception (Springer 2020).
  • ‘Protecting Human Rights and Building Peace in Bosnia: A Critical Appraisal’ in Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, Identity, Belonging and Human Rights (Brill, 2019), 149.
  • ‘Introduction’ in Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, Identity, Belonging and Human Rights (Brill, 2019), vii.
  •  ‘A One-sided Coin: A Critical Analysis of the Legal Accounts of the Cypriot Conflicts’ in Berber Bevernage and Nico Wouters, The Palgrave Handbook of State-sponsored History after 1945 (Palgrave, 2018), 583.
  • ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Protecting Human Rights: An Underexplored Relationship’ in Kalliopi Chainoglou, Barry Collins, Michael Phillips and John Strawson (eds.), Injustice, Memory and Faith in Human Rights (Routledge, 2017), 106.


Book Reviews:

  • ‘Book Review of Theunix Roux, The Politics of Principle: The first South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005’ (2014) 12(4) International Journal of Constitutional Law 1076-1080.
  • ‘Book Review of Colin Harvey and Alex Schwartz (eds.), Rights in Divided Societies’ (2012) 23(3) King’s Law Journal 344.

Case notes:

  • ‘Case note on Kazali and Others v. Cyprus’ (2013) 2(1) Cyprus Human Rights Law Review 103.
  • ‘Case Note on Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina’ (2012) King’s Student Law Review 235.
  • ‘Case Note on Efstathiou v. Attorney General of Cyprus’ (2011) Lysias 3 [In Greek]. 



Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • ‘When we neglect the basics: Educating those post-violence societies about human rights institutions’ (Conference on ‘Human Rights Education in Context’, UCLan Cyprus, September 2019)
  • ‘Cyprus, The past, present and future legal status of the Sovereign Base Areas’ (Conference on ‘BREXIT and its Implications for Cyprus’, PRIO Cyprus, November 2018)
  •  ‘Conflict resolution in transitional societies: Some guidance for the judiciary’ (ICON·S 2017 Conference on ‘Courts, Powers, Public Law’, Copenhagen, July 2017)
  • ‘Conflict resolution in transitional societies: Some guidance for the judiciary’ (International Political Science Association Conference on ‘Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies’, University of Cyprus, June 2017)
  • ‘Entrenching hegemony in Cyprus: The doctrine of necessity and the principle of bi-communality’ (with Nikolas Kyriakou) (University of Haifa, Minerva Center for Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, July 2016)
  • ‘Women’s rights in Cyprus’ (University of Denver, International Panel at Ved Nanda Centre for International and Comparative Law, April 2016)
  • ‘A one sided coin: A legal account of the Cypriot conflict’ (University of Ghent, Conference on State-sponsored History after 1945, November 2015)
  • ‘Building peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina by protecting the right to property: The gap between theory and practice’ (Tel-Aviv University, 3rd Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars: Theory Coming to Life, Tel-Aviv, October 2015)
  • ‘Assessing the peacebuilding contribution of human rights in ethnically divided, post-conflict societies’ (University of Oxford, 8th Conference on Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging, September 2014).
  • ‘Questioning the use of human rights in promoting reconciliation in ethnically divided societies’ (University of East London, Centre for Human Rights in Conflict, Workshop on Law, Faith and Historical Memory, June 2013).
  • ‘Going back to the basics: Re-examining the usefulness of judicially protecting the right to property in Cyprus’ (London School of Economics, The 6th Biennial Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece & Cyprus, June 2013).
  • ‘Comparing the right to property in two post-conflict societies: Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Africa’ (University of Cambridge, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, May 2013).
  • ‘Democracy and the right to vote in ethnically divided societies: Theory and practice in Cyprus’ (University of Nottingham, Human Rights and Democracy: Two Sides of the Same Coin, March 2013).
  • ‘The right to vote and politico-identity conflicts in ethnically divided societies: A comparative analysis of three case studies’ (Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies, Junior Scholars Training Seminar, January 2013).
  • ‘The relationship between peace and human rights’ (King’s College London, International Graduate Legal Research Conference, April 2012).


Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

Funded Projects (as Principal Researcher)


Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • I supervise at UCLan Cyprus LLB and LLM dissertations and projects
  • PhD at School of Justice, UCLan UK
    • Katerina Kalaitzaki – Second PhD supervisor, ‘The protection of Fundamental Rights of EU citizens and EU citizenship as a means of reinforcement’ – Completed
    • Apostolos Georgiou – Director of Studies for PhD, Working title: ‘When parties matter: challenging the effects of ethnic politics and federalism in ethnic disputes’
    • Fezile Osum – Director of Studies for PhD, Working title: ‘Conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence’
    • Eleni Neocleous – Second PhD supervisor, ‘The rights of migrants in distress at sea in International Human Rights Law and the European Union’s responsibility to international protection – A new insight to irregular migration’


Consultancy and CPD Training

  • Republic of Cyprus, Attorney General’s Office (ongoing) The position involves providing consulting services to the Attorney General’s Office on Public International Law matters.
  • Country expert for Cyprus in the international project ‘V-Dem: Global standards, Local Knowledge’ (ongoing) V-Dem uses country experts to assess democratic practices worldwide from 1900 to today. It is a collaboration among more than 50 scholars and is co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame (USA).



  • Graduate School Studentship, King’s College London, 2011-14, tuition fees and maintenance for the completion of the PhD.
  • Leventis Scholarship for academic excellence and research potential, 2012-2014.
  • Cyprus State Scholarship for academic excellence, 2009-2010.


Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Human Rights (https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=fjhr20)
  • Acted as reviewer for
    • Marie Sktodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Programme (H2020-MSCA-IF) (October 2020)
    • International Journal of Transitional Justice (July 2020, September 2019, July 2016)
    • ICLAIM, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (for the publication of a ‘Handbook on Community Mediation – A Guide for Professionals) (May 2018
    • International Journal of Human Rights (June 2017)
    • Research Foundation – Flanders (for postdoctoral fellowship application, May 2017)
    • Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitical Review (March 2017)
    • International Journal of Transitional Justice (July 2016)
  • Webinar on ‘Human Rights and Covid-19 in Cyprus’ (29 April 2019), available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1A-XJ5xQdA
  • Trainer at the Cyprus Police Academy (2 and 14 October 2019) – The trainings, with approximately 40 participants from the Cyprus Police, focused on police violence and human rights.
  • Trainer at human rights workshop (27-28 July 2019, UCLan Cyprus) – The human rights workshop, with approximately 30 participants, was entitled ‘Human Rights Education in Context’
  • Interview with China Global TV Network on the Sovereign Base Areas (5 August 2019, UCLan Cyprus)
  • Convener of workshop on ‘The Role of Governmental Apologies in Reparations: Evaluating Sincerity’ (21 September 2015, UCLan Cyprus) – The workshop was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and had participants from Cyprus, the UK and Armenia.
  • Convener of the 7th International Graduate Legal Research Conference, IGLRC (8th-9th April 2013, KCL) – The IGLRC had approximately 150 participants and 13 panels covering different areas of law.
  • Organiser, together with the UCLan Cyprus Mooting Society annual Model United Nations conferences (recurrent).