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International Law in the Legal Order of Cyprus

“International Law in the Legal Order of Cyprus”

UCLan Cyprus School of Law Research Seminar 14, Tuesday 11th November, 13:45-14:45 (Moot Court Room)

Dr Aristoteles Constantinides (Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Department of Law, University of Cyprus)

The increasing judicialization of international law is among the most debated recent trends in the field. Along the multiplication of international dispute settlement mechanisms there is a parallel ‘domestication’ of international law. Once neglected and considered marginal players in the field, domestic courts have become significant actors in the application of international law. Their role in “bringing international law home” is among the most debated issues of international law and presents great potential for the future.

Against this background, the seminar will make a tour d’horizon of the place and judicial application of international law in Cyprus. It will first examine the place of international (treaty and customary) law in the legal order of Cyprus under Article 169 of the Cyprus Constitution. It will then present an overview of the application of international law by the Supreme Court of Cyprus, particularly in the following areas: the Cyprus problem, general international law, international human rights law including the European Convention of Human Rights, and bilateral treaties. The survey will show that the Supreme Court of Cyprus has overall been among the active highest courts in the application of international law. The presentation will finally indicate the factors that have contributed to this development.

Aristoteles Constantinides is an Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Law Department of the University of Cyprus. He holds a PhD in International Law from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been a visiting scholar at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice and the Universities of Amsterdam, Grenoble and Vienna. He reports on Cyprus for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts. He is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition in International Law, and the International Law Association Committee on Non-State Actors.