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UCLan Cyprus Law School PGR Conference – ‘Current Legal Challenges and Innovation’

With the support of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Research Services, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus was proud to organise its inaugural Postgraduate Research (PGR) Conference that took place on Friday 21 June 2019 at the premises of UCLan Cyprus, Larnaka. The theme of the conference, ‘Current Legal Challenges and Innovation’, aimed to create a forum of contemporary legal discussions by bringing together postgraduate research students and early career scholars from various domestic and international legal backgrounds. The conference aimed to enhance participant learning experience by providing postgraduate research students and early career scholars with the opportunity to develop their presentation skills, showcase their research and receive feedback from both fellow postgraduate research students and academic specialists. The conference contained a mixture of various innovative areas of law which were divided into 6 parallel sessions entitled as ‘Human Rights and the Human Body’, ‘EU Law Theory and Enforcement’, ‘Public Law and Historical Aspects’, ‘Legal Challenges in Banking and ADR’, ‘Emerging Approaches to Medicine and IP Law’, and ‘Legal Challenges in Environmental and Criminal Law’. 28 papers overall were presented by PhD students from all over the world, studying primarily at prestigious UK universities. You can read more information here.

The Project Leaders of the conference was Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, and Dr. Lida Pitsillidou, Lecturer in Company Law and Corporate Governance, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. The organising committee was comprised of Ms. Andrea Manoli and Ms. Nadia Kornioti, respectively Cyprus-based UCLan PhD students, and Dr. Katerina Kalaitzaki, post-doctoral fellow of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus.

The Conference started with the introductory address of the Head of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus, Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, followed by the welcoming address of the Rector of UCLan Cyprus, Prof. Panikkos Poutziouris and the opening address of His Excellency the British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Mr Stephen Lillie. Two well-established academics, respectively from the UK and Australia delivered the two keynote addresses of the Conference. Prof. Richard Taylor, President of the Society of Legal Scholars and Professor of English Law, Lancashire Law School, UCLan UK spoke on ‘How to get published in a peer-reviewed journal’. Prof. Kim Economides, Professor of Law, Flinders University, Australia and Founding Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, spoke on ‘Interdisciplinary legal research and the emergence of an ethical dimension’. In addition, various academics from UCLan UK, namely Ms Andrea Ferguson, Head of the Graduate Research School; Dr Ian Turner, Reader in Human Rights and Security, and Prof. Helen Codd, Professor of Law & Social Justice, both from the Lancashire Law School, also delivered three workshops, respectively on teaching and learning, how to pass your viva and attending conferences. Academics from UCLan Cyprus, UCLan UK and the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark also contributed to the panels by acting as Chairs and discussants. The panels were followed by a closing speech by Dr. Lida Pitsillidou, UCLan Cyprus, during which the Best Paper Prize was announced to the two winners, Ms. Claudia Stühler from the University of Oxford and Mr. Giorgos Vrakas from the University of Edinburgh. The award was generously sponsored by George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC and rewarded the academic quality of content and calibre of delivery of the presentations.

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus would like to extend its most sincere gratitude to all speakers, panellists and distinguished guests present on the day.