Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus
Quality Lead of the Project
Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou has been researching, transmitting knowledge and running externally funded projects in the field of EU Law at several universities throughout Europe, including Cyprus and the UK for 20 years. She is currently Professor of European Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) as well as University Chair for Research and Innovation. In February 2021 she received from the European Parliament the European Citizen 2020 Prize on behalf of the non-profit organisation which she founded in 2017, ICLAIM, for its Social Mediation in Practice project (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaXmKmSLl2Q&t=2s).
In 2021 she was also appointed (i) Member of the Independent Scientific Anti-Corruption Council of the Republic of Cyprus by the President of the Republic of Cyprus; and (ii) Member of the Cyprus Programme Committee for the European Union’s scientific programme Horizon Europe, Pillar II, Cluster 2 “Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society”, by the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Commission. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She supervises LLM dissertations, PhDs and/or post-docs in fields related to her own research including on the EU financial crisis, migration crisis, EU Citizenship, Rule of Law, socio-economic rights in times of crisis, Brexit, effective judicial protection, privacy, AI technologies and other current issues in EU law. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she is the co-initiator of the Rule of Law Monitoring Mechanism https://ruleoflawmonitoringmechanism.eu/. She is the Jean Monnet Module Leader and Academic Coordinator of EU-POP (2020-22), in the field of the Rule of Law and populism in the EU ( https://eupopulism.eu/). She was also the Jean Monnet Module Leader and Academic Coordinator of FEcoGov (2014-17), in the field of the EU financial crisis, securing the European Commission’s label ‘success story’ and ‘good practice’ upon completion of the project (https://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/research/jean-monnet-module/). She is a registered certified Mediator and Data Protection Officer and is very active in the organisation and delivery of CPD courses at the School of Law (https://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/short-course/law-academy/). For the past 24 years she has acted as legal expert in Cyprus and/or abroad in her respective fields of expertise in EU law including for the Legal Services of the Republic of Cyprus on EU law matters
(2018-19; 2020). She belongs to boards and/or networks of academic or professional experts at the national and EU level, is a Research Fellow at prestigious institutions throughout Europe including the European Union Institute, Florence (2021), regularly participates to public consultation exercises in Cyprus, the UK and at the EU level, is the UN SDG Lead for her Institution, and is an Expert of the European Commission and its Agencies. She currently participates to the Horizon 2020 Sherpa project looking at smart information systems and human rights (https://www.project-sherpa.eu/) which she presented among the 100 projects selected worldwide at the 2020 international Paris Peace Forum (focus on COVID-19). She also participates to the DG Justice project EU-EN4s on the diversity of enforcement titles in the EU (https://www.pf.um.si/en/acj/projects/pr09-eu-en4s/). She is the Founding Member and Director of the non-profit organisation ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods) which is used as a social enterprise vehicle for social and community projects having an impact on the wider community and society (see www.iclaimcentre.org).
Andrea Manoli, Lecturer in Foundations of English and Cypriot Law
Ms. Andrea Manoli is a PhD candidate at UCLan and the research fellow of the Jean Monnet
Module ‘EU-POP’ and of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Populism. Andrea is a Lecturer in
Foundations of English and Cypriot Law at UCLan Cyprus. Her research interests include
children’s rights, human rights, sociology of laws, colonialism and history of laws. Her PhD
focuses on the lack of child protection within the different de facto and de jure administrative
jurisdictions in the Island of Cyprus, with a special reference to child victims of sexual abuse
and exploitation. Andrea holds an LLM in International Commercial law, an MA in Security
and Diplomacy, a TEFL and is a Certified Arbitrator. She published a of peer-reviewed
articles in the area of human rights in Cyprus and elsewhere. Her publications include
“A Paradox or a Long-Standing Reality? A Pandemic within a Pandemic” (Cyprus Review,
forthcoming); “Children’s Rights during Colonialism: The Case Stude of the Crown Colony
of Cyprus”, (Cyprus Review
2021) https://cyprusreview.org/index.php/cr/article/view/755/617 and “The European Court
of Human Rights through the Looking Glass of Gender: An Evaluation” Goettingen Journal
of International Law ( co-authored with Dr Natalie Alkyviadou, pre-published in December
2020) and participated in a number of research projects. In pursuing her Professional
Development she completed a series of specialised courses including: Yale University –
Moral Foundations of Politics University of Harvard EDx– Child Protection: Children’s
Rights in Theory and Practice; Leiden University – Certificate in Terrorism & Counter-
terrorism and Université de Genève – Certificate in Children’s Rights: An Interdisciplinary
Introduction. Andrea is active in the civil society (President of Lions Liberty Larnaca 2019-
2020) and has worked in political institutions and the legal profession (2014-2017). She was
appointed to the Board of Directors of the Licensing Authority from 2019-2021.
Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights at UCLan Cyprus and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory
Dr Hadjigeorgiou is an Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights at UCLan Cyprus and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory. Her monograph, entitled Protecting Human Rights and Building Peace in Post-violence Societies: An Underexplored Relationship (Hart Publishing, 2020), which received the Constantinos Emilianides Annual Book Award in Law for 2020, focuses on the protection of human rights in Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and South Africa. She has edited a book (Brill, 2019) and published a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of human rights in Cyprus and elsewhere. In 2020, she implemented two research projects, one funded by the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation and the other by the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics. Between 2022-24, she will be leading a group of UCLan Cyprus academics in the implementation of the EU-funded programme ‘PRESERVERE – Preventing Racism and Discrimination – Enabling the Effective Implementation of the EU Anti-Racist LegalFramework’.
Demetra Loizou is a Lecturer in International Criminal Law and Skills at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus. Demetra holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol, an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In her doctoral thesis, she explored the establishment and early jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court, focusing on the substantive law-making potential of the Court. Her main areas of expertise are international criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights law. Her current research interests include human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence and children in armed conflict, with a particular focus on child soldiers. She supervises LLB/LLM dissertations and PhDs in fields related to her areas of expertise. Demetra has been publishing and presenting her research at conferences in both Cyprus and abroad. She is a contributor in the forthcoming edited volume ‘Development and Enforcement of IHL in the Jurisprudence and Practice of the ICC’ (Routledge). Since 2016, she is a contributor to the online database ‘Oxford International Organizations’ published by OUP. Since early 2019, Demetra has also acted as Academic Coordinator for the UCLan Cyprus Law Blog. She currently participates in the capacity of the Cyprus expert on the EU-funded project on ‘Diversity of Enforcement titles in cross-border debt collection in the EU – EU-En4s’ (2019-2022). Furthermore, she was part of the Cyprus National Research Consultant team in the project ‘Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts’ (May – August 2021). The project was funded by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Between 2018-2019, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at SOAS. Demetra is also a licenced legal professional. She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2008.
Fezile holds an LLB degree from the University of Kent and Human Rights Law (LLM) degree from İstanbul Bilgi University. Her LLM thesis was on Wartime Rapes in International Criminal Courts Case Law and Cyprus Conflict. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire and her research involves conflict-related sexual violence and transitional justice. She has been awarded the Senesh Fellowship from the International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRA Foundation) for the years 2021 and 2022 for her PhD research.
She previously worked as a project coordinator between 2019 and 2021 in the EU-funded Coordinated Measures and Mechanisms for Anti-Trafficking (COMMIT) Project at Refugee Rights Association. She also worked very closely with refugees and asylum seekers as their legal advisor under the “Strengthening Asylum in Cyprus” project between 2017 and 2019, implemented in partnership with SOS Children’s Village and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cyprus.
Fezile is currently working as Refugee Rights and Anti-Trafficking Programme Coordinator in the Human Rights Platform, under a recently launched project funded by the EU. Her main tasks involve monitoring and reporting human rights violations faced by refugees and human trafficking victims, advocacy for legal change, and capacity building. She is also registered in the Cyprus Turkish Bar Association and is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association.
Dr Katerina Kalaitzaki is a Lecturer in EU Business Law at the University of Central Lancashire (Cyprus) since September 2021, where she has teaching duties both on the LLM and the LLB programmes in the areas of European Union Law, constitutional law, legal theory, and skills. In addition, Dr Kalaitzaki is currently working as a visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in the area of European Union Law. Katerina holds a PhD in Law from the University of Central Lancashire, an LLM in European Law from the University of Nottingham and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leicester, UK. She was awarded her PhD for her thesis “EU citizenship as a means of reinforcement of EU fundamental rights: challenges, developments, limits” in June 2019, after submitting it in December 2018. Katerina previously held an academic position in EU Law at the University of Edinburgh (2019-2021) where she acted as the Programme Director for the European Law LLM programme (2019-2020), Course Organiser for LLM and LLB courses and conducted research. Katerina is also an accredited mediator in Civil and Commercial Matters since April 2019 and a non-practising lawyer (Cyprus Legal Board) since September 2015. Katerina’s research interests lie in the area of EU citizenship and EU fundamental principles and values. Current projects deal with the development and/or potential use of these concepts, including the rule of law principle, during periods of crises such as Brexit, Covid-19 and the rule of law crisis.
Katerina is the founder of Step Up Stop Slavery, an NGO based in Cyprus, committed to disrupting the business model of human slavery and trafficking through a comprehensive approach of prevention, protection and collaboration. Effective collaborative relationships internationally and locally are the cornerstone for the creation and implementation of impactful preventative measures to combat human trafficking. Step Up Stop Slavery’s activities are focused on two principal areas - preventative education and the provision of holistic survivor support.
Katerina’s professional background is as a corporate lawyer and anti-money laundering compliance professional. She has over 20 years’ practical experience in leading law firms both in the UK and Cyprus as well as being an ACAMS accredited anti-money laundering compliance officer, having worked as a compliance officer in the finance and corporate industries in Cyprus.
She had led the Compliance department of a multinational organization where she designed and implemented the compliance function on a global level. In her capacity as a consultant, she has also supported International NGOs, in designing and implementing anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing compliance procedures for the Middle East Region. Katerina currently practices as a modern slavery compliance consultant advising on the implementation of the human trafficking and modern slavery legislation.
Katerina is also a speaker, writer and a mentor.
As a social enterprise ICLAIM aims to foster social dialogue and the rule of law through education and training and enhance active citizenship through knowledge transfer activities to groups of interested parties and the wider public. We are pioneering new solutions with wider impact on socio-legal challenges, at no or a fair cost.
Step up Stop Slavery is committed to addressing the problem of human trafficking in Cyprus in a multi-disciplinary way. Its aim is to provide psychological services, legal services and community integration to survivors, as well as developing human trafficking prevention education for schools and professionals.