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Dr Nasia Hadjigeorgiou

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

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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



Public International 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)

    • Member of MIDEX (Migration, Diaspora and Exile) (UCLan Interdisciplinary Research Group)
    • Associate of Island Rights Initiative,


Research Interests

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


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership

  • 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

  • Deputy Head of School of Law
  • Member of Erasmus 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).


  • ‘Decolonising Cyprus 60 Years after Independence: An Assessment of the Legality of the Sovereign Base Areas’ (2022) 33(4) European Journal of International Law 1125-1152
  • ‘Police Cooperation in Cases of Unrecognised Secessions: The Joint Communications Room in Cyprus’ (2022) Ethnopolitics (in print, currently available online) (with Dina Kapardis) (link)
  • ‘The Invisible Impact of Frozen Conflicts: A Case Study of Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus’ (2022) 22(2) Ethnopolitics 177-198
  • ‘Truth and Closure in Cyprus: An Assessment of the Committee on Missing Persons’ (2022) 55(1) Israel Law Review 3-24
  • ‘Conflict Resolution in Post-violence Societies: Some Guidance for the Judiciary’ (2021) 25(4) The International Journal of Human Rights 695-717
  • ‘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.

(Invited) Encyclopedia Entries:

  • ‘Ethnicity’, in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, 2022
  • ‘Sovereign Base Areas’ in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, 2021


  • ‘The Buffer Zone in Cyprus: Clarifying the Concepts of Legal Status and Legal Responsibility’ Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre) (2023) (link)
  • (ed.) The Implementation of the EU Anti-Racism Legal Framework in 6 European States: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, and the Netherlands (e-book, deliverable in the PRESERVERE EU-funded project) (link)
  • ‘Human Trafficking in Cyprus: The Crime, Victims, Perpetrators, and their Connection to the Island’s Frozen Conflict’ Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre) (2022) (link)
  • ‘Case Study: Cyprus: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts’ [lead author: Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, co-authors: Demetra Loizou, Fezile Osum and Andrea Manoli] British Institute of International and Comparative Law (June 2022)
  • ‘The Status of Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus’ [co-authored with Ombudsman of the Republic of Cyprus] (December 2020)
  • ‘Helping those that help us: Challenges faced by foreign domestic workers in the Republic of Cyprus’ LSE Hellenic Observatory & Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre) (2020)
  • ‘Helping those that help us: Some guidance for policy makers in the Republic of Cyprus’ LSE Hellenic Observatory & Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre) (2020)
  • The Status of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus following Brexit’ (with Nikos Skoutaris) Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre), Occasional Paper Series 3 (2019)

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:

  • ‘Joannou v. Turkey: An Important Legal Development and a Missed Opportunity’ (2018) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 168-174
  • ‘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]. 


  • ‘Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus: The Unseen Impact of the Frozen Conflict’ (LSE Hellenic Observatory Blog, 26 February 2021), available at
  • ‘The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus: A Humanitarian or Reconciliation-Promoting Institution?’ (Opinio Juris, 23 December 2020), available at
  • ‘The Missing Truth in Cyprus’ (Justiceinfo.Net in collaboration with Oxford Transitional Justice Research, 13 October 2020), available at

The article was also translated in French by Justiceinfo.Net, available at

Invited talks:

  • ‘Decolonisation and Self-Determination: Learning from Chagos’ (Workshop on ‘Reimagining Self-Determination: Decolonial, Intersectional and Relational Perspectives’, 24-25 May 2023, co-organised by the University of Cyprus and the University of Oxford)
  • Invited by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation to give a presentation on my experiences as a reviewer of European funded projects (October 2022)
  • Invited as an expert to give evidence to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, working on their report on Cyprus (April, 2022)
  • ‘Book Launch: Protecting Human Rights and Building Peace in Post-violence Societies’ (Book Launch at the Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile, February 2022)
  • ‘The Invisible Impact of Frozen Conflicts: A Case Study of Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus’ (Research Seminar at the London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory, February 2021), video available here and podcast available here

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • ‘Assessing the effectiveness of the Committee on Missing Persons in Bridging Divided Communities in Cyprus’ (MESEA, The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas, 12th Biennial Conference, May 2022)
  • ‘The Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus: A Colonial Remnant or a Site for International Cooperation?’ (10th Annual Cambridge International Law Conference, March 2021)
  • ‘Truth and Closure in Frozen Conflict: An Assessment of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus’ (15th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law Indirect Victims of Conflict: IHL Protections of the Rights and Interests of Relatives, International Webinar, November 2020)
  • ‘The Sovereign Base Areas and the Principle of Self-determination: A critical Assessment’ (‘60 Years on from 1960 – A Symposium to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus’, UCLan Cyprus, November 2020)
  • ‘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)

  • Principal Researcher for ICLAIM – ‘InPeace – Inclusive Peacebuilding: The Technical Committees in Cyprus’ (Funded by EU: EuropeAid/173620/DH/ACT/CY-1, Total project budget: €103,179; ICLAIM budget: €48,353)
  • UCLan Cyprus Lead – ‘PRESERVERE – Preventing Racism and Discrimination – Enabling the Effective Implementation of the EU Anti-Racist Legal Framework’ (Funded by EU: CERV-2021-EQUAL, 2022-2024)
  • Principal Researcher – ‘Profiling Human Trafficking Victims in Cyprus’ (Funded by the UCLan Interdisciplinary Research Group on Migration, Diaspora and Exile, January – July 2022)

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
    • 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’ – Completed
    • Fezile Osum – Director of Studies for PhD, Working title: ‘Conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence’

Consultancy and CPD Training

  • 10-hour course on ‘The Rule of Law and European Values in the Modern Ages: Frozen Conflicts in Europe and Transitional Justice’ (July 2022, delivered under and funded by the Jean Monnet Centre for the Rule of Law and European Values – CRoLEV), available here
  • Consultant expert for the US-government funded project, run by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law ‘Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts’ (May-August 2021). Empirical and desktop research on anti-trafficking efforts on the island of Cyprus.
  • Consultant expert for the EU-funded project ‘Limassol: One City, the Whole World’ (March 2021). Empirical and desktop research on the rumors relating to migration in Cyprus.
  • Country expert for Cyprus in the EU-funded project ‘EU-Citizen – Academic Network on European Citizenship Rights’ (January 2021). Co-author of country report on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP).
  • Republic of Cyprus, Attorney General’s Office, 2015-2020 The position involved 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).


  • Constantinos Emilianides Annual Book Award in Law for 2020 (awarded by The Cyprus Review), for my monograph entitled Protecting Human Rights and Building Peace in Post-violence Societies: An Underexplored Relationship (Bloomsbury, 2020)
  • ‘Honorable Mention’ in the 2020 Human Rights Essay Award Competition of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, for my 10,000-word essay entitled ‘Conflict Resolution in Post-violence Societies: Some Guidance for the Judiciary.
  • 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

Acted as reviewer for

  • International Journal of Transitional Justice (December 2022, July 2020, September 2019, July 2016)
  • Reviewer of book manuscript submitted to the Politics list of Bloomsbury Academic (November 2022)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships programme (H2020-MSCA-IF) (November 2022, November 2021, October 2020)
  • Two publications funded by the British High Commission in Cyprus on human trafficking (available here and here, February 2022)
  • International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation (September 2021, September 2022)
  • London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory (September 2021)
  • 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)
  • Webinar on Human Trafficking and the Buffer Zone in Cyprus (7 February 2022, funded by the British High Commission in Cyprus), available
  • Podcast with ‘Figure It’, ‘Migration in Cyprus: Unpacking the Numbers with Nasia Hadjigeorgiou’ (24 November 2021), available
  • Video on ‘Foreign Domestic Workers: Your Rights’ (30 July 2021), available
  • Interview with Cyprus Broadcasting CorporationClassic Radio 88.2 on the vulnerabilities of foreign domestic workers in Cyprus (Saskia Unreserved, 10 December 2020), available
  • Video on ‘The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus: The Relatives’ Assessment’ (Funded by IPRA Foundation, November 2020), available
  • Podcast with ‘Nicosia Uncut’, ‘Discussing Peacebuilding through the Committee on Missing Persons’ (9 October 2020), available
  • Webinar on ‘Human Rights and Covid-19 in Cyprus’ (29 April 2019), available at
  • 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).