INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR LAW, ALTERNATIVE AND INNOVATIVE METHODS (ICLAIM)
The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is very pleased to announce the cooperation with ICLAIM since February 2017. ICLAIM is an interdisciplinary centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods, an independent, non-profit organisation, duly registered and based in Cyprus since 2017. Visit https://www.iclaimcentre.org/
ICLAIM is proud to announce that out of the 30 laureates of the European Parliament’s European Citizen Prize 2020 from 25 countries of the EU, ICLAIM is one of the two recipients from Cyprus! The laureates for Cyprus were announced by the European Parliament Office in Cyprus on 12 February 2021, being ICLAIM Founder, Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, on behalf of ICLAIM for its ‘Social Mediation in Practice’ programme, and Mr Costas Vichas for his long-term humanitarian assistance to those in need. Since 2008, the European Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. The prize, which has symbolic value, is also intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values.
ICLAIM envisions a society where citizens are empowered individually and collectively and enjoy access to social justice, through alternative and innovative approaches in the application of the law to societal issues, underpinned by high quality research and impact.
As a social enterprise, to foster social dialogue and the rule of law through education and training and enhance active citizenship through knowledge transfer activities to groups of interested parties and the wider public. We are pioneering new solutions with wider impact on socio-legal challenges, at no or a fair cost.
To create, promote and raise awareness of innovative and alternative legal solutions, including dispute resolution methods, widening access to social justice.
To support socio-legal research and impact beyond academia, making a notable difference in society.
To create a space and share experience, knowledge and expertise with interested groups and the public at large, designing solutions taylor-made to their needs.
To enhance capacity building of interested groups and the wider public in the field of social justice.
To empower ICLAIM users and citizens more generally to find their own solutions to socio-legal challenges.
ICLAIM produced a Handbook for professionals on social mediation in Cyprus and coordinated as an expert partner several conferences and workshops entitled ‘Social Mediation in Practice’ and ‘Human Rights Education’ held at UCLan Cyprus in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Participants included graduate students at the Law School, local communities, members of the police force of Cyprus and NGOs. They were trained on ICLAIM’s Handbook, were given lectures from a socio-legal, psychological and informal education perspective and carried out interactive activities including on European and international tools. The workshops/conferences took place in the framework of projects funded by the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change based at UCLAN (UK) as well as by the British High Commission in Cyprus (intercommunal project on social mediation, 2019-20). The next step in the development of the Social Mediation programme is a new ‘Social Mediation for Social Transitions’ project delivered by ICLAIM with the support of UCLan Cyprus and a grant from the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Sustainable Transitions (UCLan CST). For more information on the project visit https://www.social-mediation.org/
In May 2018, under section 22 of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes Law of 2017 (L.85(I)/2017), the Consumer Protection Authority of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus approved ICLAIM as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) entity for (a) consumer goods contracts (online and non-online) as well as (b) consumer services contracts (online and non-online), including financial contracts, but excluding construction contracts. ICLAIM commenced its operations as an ADR entity in June 2018. For more information visit https://www.iclaimcentre.org/consumer-adr-entity/
ICLAIM is a non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to serve communities. It is a social enterprise vehicle which benefits from the expertise of a pool of all-female resident experts, researchers and interns, from diverse backgrounds, primarily (but not exclusively) from the UCLan Cyprus School of Law.