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
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