Seminars & Events

British military bases in Cyprus: recent developments

UCLan Cyprus School of Law Research seminar 11, Tuesday 8th April, 13:45 – 14:45 (CY114)

Mr Sozos-Christos Theodoulou (School of Law, UCLan Cyprus)

The British Military Bases in Cyprus (BMBC) constitute one of those sui generis régimes that rarely exist around the
world. They are military bases of the UK, preserved after the decolonization of the rest of the island, operating in
a state-like way, governed by laws that are quasi-identical to the laws of the hosting state (Republic of Cyprus) and
practically form part of NATO, but not of the EU. Their legal status has been the object of only a few studies,
especially due to their highly sensitive and political role. Their existence and preservation is tightly linked to the
Cyprus Problem, hence the difficulty in changing anything about them the last 50 years or so.

In January 2014, a breakthrough has been observed to this apparent impasse, on the basis of an “arrangement”,
signed by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Cyprus. The seminar, after a
brief presentation of the legal, historical and political background of the subject, will address this recent agreement
in an effort to analyse the new facts, within the broader scope of the current political situation in Cyprus.