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UCLan Cyprus School of Law Annual Writing Competition 2020/21

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020/21 Annual Writing Competition. The Writing Competition was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate law students and alumni at UCLan Cyprus. The First Prize of €250 Book Voucher went to the LLB student Angelina Alyabyeva. The LLM student Olga Shevchuk won the Runner Up Prize of €150 Book Voucher. The prizes were generously sponsored by L. Papaphilippou & CO LLC and rewarded the essays which best addressed the question set in an original, fluent, persuasive, imaginative and otherwise well written manner. Participants were invited to write submissions of up to 1,000 words on the following topic:

‘The poor, the inadequately housed, the precariously employed and the socially isolated have suffered most from the [United Kingdom] government’s measures [in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic]. Above all, the young, who are little affected by the disease itself, have been made to bear almost all the burden, in the form of blighted educational opportunities and employment prospects whose effects will last for years.’

Lord Sumption, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, ‘Government by decree – Covid-19 and the Constitution’, 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture delivered online at the Private Law Centre of the University of Cambridge on 27 October 2020. (A video and a transcript of the Lecture are both available on the website of the University of Cambridge at


In the light of the above, do you agree with the proposition that ‘the young’ in the Republic of Cyprus have been similarly saddled with ‘blighted educational opportunities and employment prospects’? If so, how should the higher education system of the Republic of Cyprus innovate in response? If not, why not?

Each essay was read by a panel of three judges consisting of Dr Klearchos Kyriakides, Assistant Professor in English Law and Legal Practice and Deputy Head of the School Law, UCLan Cyprus, Mr Anastasios Andreou, co-president of the Student Law Society at UCLan Cyprus, and Mr Marios Menelaou, a practising lawyer and member of the litigation/corporate/regulatory practice group at L. Papaphilippou & CO LLC.

Both essays will be published at the UCLan Cyprus Law Blog (https://lawblog.uclancyprus.ac.cy/). The School of Law would like to warmly congratulate the two winners and thank L. Papaphilippou & CO LLC for their continuous support of legal education provided by higher education institutions across the Republic of Cyprus, such as at UCLan Cyprus.

  1. Papaphilippou & Co LLC would like to extend its warm congratulations to the two winners regarding their respective essays, which were characterised by in depth and persuasive legal arguments, and sincerely wishes to them a fruitful legal carrier. Further, L. Papaphilippou & Co LLC would like to congratulate the UCLan Cyprus School of Law for organising the Writing Competition and to thank the three judges’ panel for their most diligent work.