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The School of Law – Research, Innovation and Enterprise Profile


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The School’s research, innovation and enterprise strategy is centred around several pillars:

(i) Excellence in teaching and expertise at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research level involving advanced methodology and innovative research methods;

(ii) Enhanced research environment with PhD experience and post-doc programmes;

(iii) Internationally recognised research and funding in an interdisciplinary setting;

(iv) Innovation and entrepreneurship through strong professional engagement and enhanced continuous professional development;

(v) Social engagement and public awareness.

The School’s strategy is placed in the context of high priority fields for Cyprus and Europe, such as global peace, human rights, economic growth and employment, social policy, education, security and information systems, public governance, crisis management, compliance or sector-related policies, to the benefit of the public and private sector, higher education and research, professionals in law and related industries, and of young people, as a mean to address modern societal challenges.

The expertise of academics and associates at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus stretches to a wide range of areas of the law at the national, European and international level, as well neighbouring disciplines such as international relations, philosophy, ethics or history, in an interdisciplinary and modern setting and in full respect for the rule of law, democracy, equality and justice. Associates include Honorary and Visting Fellows, Visiting Lecturers, Research Scholars as well as Associate Lecturers. Currently academics and associates at the School of Law are engaged in the following broad priorities through their research, innovation and enterprise activities:

  • Rule of Law, Justice and History;
  • Sustainability of fundamental rights in times of crisis;
  • Post-conflict and troubled societies/territories;
  • Modern challenges and reforms for States, global citizens and businesses;
  • Commercial and financial structures, transactions and solutions;
  • Dispute resolution and conflict management;
  • Corporate governance, compliance and risk management;
  • Global strategy, Law and Security;
  • EU citizenship and implications of Brexit.

The academics of the School of Law are all PhD holders and active researchers involved in the UK Research Exercise Framework and in nationally or internationally funded programmes. They publish their work in internationally recognised peer reviewed platforms.

They include the following members of the School:

Two members of the School have secured fellowships with, and undertook research in, prestigious Universities in Europe:

  • Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Alumna Fellow of the Law Department of the European University Institute
  • Athanasia Hadjigeorgiou, Visiting Senior Fellow of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics

The School is very proud to host the following high-level experts as Honorary Fellows, reinforcing the School’s research and development profile:

  • Hon. Justice Dr. Demetris Hadjihambis, Former President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Dr. Hadjihambis specialises in Jurisprudence, Cyprus Public Law and mooting and legal debating.
  • Hon. Mr. George Arestis, Former Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Judge Arestis specialises in EU Law.
  • Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis specialises inter alia in the Cyprus Problem, Foreign Policy, Cultural Diplomacy, Gender Issues, Human Rights, and Hydrocarbon discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • The Hon Dr Justice Costas Clerides (Ret’d) received in 2021 an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central Lancashire’.
  • Dr Andreas Poetis received in 2022 an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central Lancashire.

The School of Law is also proud to host Visiting Fellows and Visiting Lecturers from different backgrounds, specialisations, institutions and parts of the world for an academic semester or year; and Research Scholars doing their PhDs from UCLan UK with academics at the School, in fields as diverse as the EU financial crisis, migration issues, EU citizenship, Privacy, Peacebuilding, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Law and History, Ethics, Integrity and the Rule of Law. 

Current Visiting Fellows:


Current Research Scholars:

UCLan PhD alumni based in Cyprus

For more information on research fellowships and other opportunities, please contact the Head at [email protected]


The School is currently involved in a number of national, EU and international research projects including the following:  

  • EU externally funded projects:

Jean Monnet Module FECoGov (2014-17) (Erasmus+) 

Horizon 2020 project SHERPA (2018-21) 

DG Justice project EU-EN4s (2019-21) 

Jean Monnet Module EUPOP (2019-22) (Erasmus+) 

EU Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme, PRESERVERE – Preventing Racism and Discrimination – Enabling the Effective Implementation of the EU Anti-Racist Legal Framework (2022-24)

  • Other externally funded projects:

Exploring the Socio-legal Challenges Faced by Foreign Domestic Workers in Cyprus (2020) (funded by the LSE Hellenic Observatory) 

Assessing the effectiveness of the Committee on Missing Persons in building peace in Cyprus(2020) (funded by the IPRA Foundation) 

‘Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts’ (2021) (Funded by the US Government and coordinated by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law) 

‘Social Impacts of COVID-19 in the UK and Cyprus’ (2021) (powered by ICLAIM and funded by UCLan Cyprus and UCLan) 

‘Smuggling and Human Trafficking across the Green Line’ (2021-22) (funded by the British High Commission in Nicosia) 

Profiling of Human Trafficking Victims in Cyprus, Project funded by the Research Centre for Migration Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) at UCLan UK (2022)

  • Externally funded Programmes:

Award-winning Social mediation programme (2018-Ongoing) (delivered by ICLAIM and funded by UCLan Cyprus, UCLan and the British High Commission in Cyprus). See more here and here.


The School is also very active in rendering consultancy services and delivering continuous professional development (CPD) programmes through the Law Academy and otherwise.

For the School’s expertise in the field, please press here


The School is also very active in rendering consultancy services and delivering continuous professional development (CPD) programmes. For the School’s expertise in the field, please press here

Law Academy

Finally, a few words about the superior social, legal and professional skills the School equips the students with. Our students stand ready to face the professional world, including through our advanced skills training, research opportunities and professional courses, as well as our many co- and extra-curricular activities ranging from dining with the legal profession to international moots, and through our internship and graduate traineeship programme. Many of our students have already completed work placements in Cyprus, the UK or Europe at prestigious law firms and companies and have been commended for their good spirit, character, knowledge and work. We also make sure they develop an entrepreneurship mindset and guide them through the process of realising their own projects and ideas, building a bridge between independent learning and independent undertaking. In this respect and since 2017, the School works closely with a non-profit organisation called Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (‘ICLAIM’) on projects of social entrepreneurship in full collaboration with academics, students and professionals. For more information, see below and visit www.iclaimcentre.org

For multiple examples of successful social, legal and professional engagement of the School, its academics, associates, its students, as well as the public at large please see here.

The School also maintains strategic partnerships in the form of European and international mobility agreements for students and staff (Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus) as well as memoranda of understanding and collaborations with prestigious institutions such as MGIMO of Russia or the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University of Ukraine, industry, international organisations, Ministries and Institutions of the Republic of Cyprus, professional bodies and course providers and NGOs. Partnerships include the Larnaca and Famagusta Bar Associations, the Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAMC), the European Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of Strasbourg and Milan (CEAM), the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment of the UK (CISI) or Softline Computer Ltd (legal case management software).


The School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus invites research-inspired students to apply for the research internship scheme 2021-22, which aims to offer law students and alumni the opportunity to work (on a part-time or full-time basis) on research initiatives under the supervision of academic staff of the School of Law in partnership with ICLAIM.

More information regarding the schemes, application process and deadlines can be found here.

For courses offered at the School of Law, see www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/school-law