Smuggling and Human Trafficking across the Green Line

The Project entitled ‘Smuggling and Human Trafficking across the Green Line’ is happy to announce the launch of its platform. Individuals can submit their contributions in the form of blog posts and benefit from the resources available freely.

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On 17 November 2021, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus held a Launch event discussion on smuggling and human trafficking. During the discussion academics from the School of Law presented in the form of seminars the objectives of the project but also the different illicit phenomena across the Green Line. More specifically, Prof. Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou, Professor of European Union Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus and ICLAIM founder, welcomed the participants and set out the objectives of the project. Dr Maria Hadjimichael, Prosperity & Programmes Manager of the British High Commission in Nicosia, opened the event with a brief overview. Dr Nasia Hadjigeorgiou, Assistant Professor in Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Deputy Head of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, presented ‘policing across the Green Line’. In her seminar Dr Hadjigeorgiou spoke about the UN mandate, the general policing of the Green Line and the challenges. Ms Andrea Manoli, Lecturer in Foundations of English and Cypriot Law and the project coordinator at the time, discussed the issue of smuggling of persons across the Green Line and smuggling of goods as two of the most prominent illicit activities across the Green Line. Finally, Dr. Demetra Loizou, Lecturer in International Criminal Law and Ms Fezile Osum, Research Scholar and ICLAIM Resident discussed about human trafficking in the island of Cyprus and presented an overview of the law and practices across jurisdictions in the Republic of Cyprus. The roundtable of experts that followed, was moderated by Professor Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou and Ms Katerina Stephanou, the Founder of Step Up Stop Slavery, unearthed issues that need to be resolved and eliminated for the benefit of the communities across the Green Line.  During the discussion among the participants, initial ideas for the creation of the Handbook of Good practices were formed with the help of the participants.

Following the restrictions due to COVID-19, the project held three pre-recorded trainings and two online trainings which you can find on this platform.

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