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UCLan Cyprus School of Law Ethics Day – 22 November 2019

On 22 November 2019, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus held an Ethics Day.  It involved an array of distinguished guest speakers who participated in two inter-linked events before a mixed audience of legal academics, lawyers and students from various academic backgrounds.  Appropriately enough, the venue was the Moot Court Room at UCLan Cyprus.  

The first event revolved around two speakers.  One was the Hon. Judge Dr. Akis Hadjihambis (Ret’d), Honorary Fellow of UCLan Cyprus and a former President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus.  The other was Professor Kim Economides, Visiting Professor of Law in the University of Cyprus, a founding editor of The International Journal of Legal Ethics and one of the world’s leading experts in the field of Legal Ethics.  Dr. Hadjihambis and Professor Economides engaged in a sophisticated Socratic Dialogue focusing on the inner meaning and practical implications of ethics, particularly in the context of legal education, the legal profession and professionalism generally.  Their Socratic Dialogue sparked a spirited question-and-answer session involving various members of the audience.

In the second event, Professor Economides delivered a lecture with an eye-catching title: ‘Should Lawyers Swear?  The Hippocratic Oath in Legal Context’.  In his lecture, Professor Economides advanced the argument that, upon qualifying, every lawyer should swear an oath along the lines of the Hippocratic Oath in Medicine.  This lecture was followed by a panel discussion involving Dr. Hadjihambis, as well as His Honour Judge Roger Elsey, the Resident Judge and HM Coroner in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.  Both of these distinguished discussants offered invaluable insights; they formed the basis for a stimulating discussion.

Both events were chaired by Dr. Klearchos A. Kyriakides, an Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Head of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus.  He offered some practical perspectives from his own standpoint as somebody who used to practise Law in London as a solicitor.  He gave particular emphasis to the ethical duties flowing from the distinctive role of solicitors in England and lawyers in the Republic of Cyprus as officers of the court.  

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is grateful to the aforementioned speakers for their respective contributions to Ethics Day.  The School of Law is also grateful to all those who attended.  Each attendee received a Certificate of Attendance.  More importantly, perhaps, each attendee was given the opportunity to reflect upon the critical role of ethics in the legal profession and, more broadly, in everyday life.