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Sixty years of State Relations – An Online symposium to mark the passage of 60 years since the Republic of Cyprus established State Relations with Russia

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus and MGIMO University were delighted to hold a joint Online Symposium entitled ‘Sixty Years of State Relations’ on 2 December 2020 at 17:30 (Cyprus time), celebrating the passage of 60 years since the Republic of Cyprus established diplomatic relations with the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) on 18 August 1960. The Symposium was supported by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cyprus. It also marked the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Cyprus Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan Cyprus) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) in Moscow.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Symposium had to be conducted fully in an electronic setting with speakers sat in Cyprus, Russia and Denmark respectively. Even so, it managed to fulfil its stated aims which were to reflect on 60 years of the relations of the Republic of Cyprus with the Russian Federation through diplomatic and trade relations in the wider geopolitical region.

The Russian Embassy in the Republic of Cyprus, in the person of Mr Denis Borodich, Counselor of the Russian Embassy in the Republic of Cyprus, as well as esteemed officials and academics from UCLan Cyprus and MGIMO University, in the person of Dr Andrey Baykov, Vice Rector for Research and Global Engagement, MGIMO University, and Prof Panikkos Poutziouris, Rector, UCLan Cyprus, respectively, opened the first part of the symposium with insightful addresses.

The Symposium continued with a Keynote speech by Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus and Honorary Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, providing a thorough historical and empirical review of the strong diplomatic links between the two countries over the past 60 years and concluding that: “the Government of Cyprus should work very closely with the Government of the Russian Federation to maintain and further strengthen our relations, having always in mind that this friendship has endured for over 60 years and has flourished, not because of pragmatic interests but, moreover, because of deep-rooted values and principles upon which both countries have based their relations”. Her keynote speech may be found here.

This was followed by a presentation entitled ‘Spatial Analysis in International Relations: Focus on Russia and Eastern Mediterranean’ by Dr Igor Okunev, Director, Centre for Spatial Analysis in International Relations, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University. In his report, the researcher presented the experience of developing the Atlas of International Relations at MGIMO, that was based on the use of precise methods of spatial econometrics in determining distortions in the geographic structure of the world. This study opens up opportunities for cooperation in analyzing the problems of world politics at the regional and local levels.  The slides of the presentation may be found here.

The second and final presentation was entitled ‘The WTO Dispute Settlement System as a New Actor in the EU-Russia Trade Relationship’ by Dr Henrik Andersen, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. The paper supporting the presentation addresses the WTO DSB and its role in settling disputes and strengthening legal certainty relevant for businesses in the Russia-EU trade relationship. The full paper can be found here while the presentation slides can be found here.

The Symposium ended with a ‘Closing Address’ entitled ‘Some thoughts on the Cyprus-Russia relations in an EU context’ by Professor Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. She reminded all that whereas the Cyprus-Russia bilateral relations are at their high in full mutual respect and trust, the EU-Russia relations remain frosty and are marked on occasions by a war of sanctions and integration fatigue. It is in the interest of all nations or group of nations to maintain good neighbourly relations, and Cyprus could facilitate this in the EU-Russia relations, whereas at the same time, Russia guarantees Cyprus’ right to sovereignty and facilitates its neighbouring relations. The renewed context of the pandemic is yet once more the opportunity for enhanced and coordinated neighbouring relations.

The video of the full Symposium is publicly available at the following link: https://youtu.be/C9H9vsJbAlo

Subject to the professional background of each attendee, participation to this Symposium could contribute to their formal or informal Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Personal Development (PD) or other self-managed learning and development needs. Each attendee received a Certificate of Attendance.

The impact of Brexit upon the legal profession in the Republic of Cyprus

At 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020, eleven months after the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the post-Brexit transition period came to an end and a new phase in the Brexit process came into existence.

In the light of this pivotal development, the School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus held the first of a series of free Brexit-related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) webinars on the impact of Brexit upon the Republic of Cyprus. In this first webinar, which unfolded from 17:00 until 19:00 Cyprus time on Wednesday 20 January 2021, the spotlight was shone on to the impact of Brexit upon the legal profession in the Republic of Cyprus.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic precluded any part of the webinar from being held on campus.  However, via the Microsoft Teams platform operated by the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus, it was livestreamed to the members of the audience who had pre-registered to attend.

The webinar was sub-divided into four parts.

The first part was delivered by Professor Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law & Reform and Head of the School of Law at the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus). She offered some introductory remarks on the provisions in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement 2020 of relevance to the provision of legal services and legal education. She then welcomed the two speakers, as well as the members of the legal profession, law students and other attendees who were attending online. You may listen to her views as embedded in the podcast referred to below and available here: https://saskiaconstantinou.com/podcast/stephanie-shaelou/

The second part was delivered by Dr. Klearchos A. Kyriakides, Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus.  He outlined the legal history of Brexit, pinpointed some of the salient legal texts that have emerged from the Brexit process and explained some of the historico-legal reasons why Brexit has already had – and will have – profound implications for the Republic of Cyprus, its judiciary, its legal profession and its community of law students.  Klearchos paid particular attention to relevant provisions of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  A copy of his powerpoint presentation is available HERE

The third part was delivered by Marco Cillario, International Policy Adviser (Europe) at The Law Society of England and Wales in London, the representative body of solicitors in England and Wales.  He considered the change caused by Brexit to the practice rights in England and Wales of practising lawyers who are members of the Cyprus Bar Association or European Lawyers who are registered in the Republic of Cyprus.  With the law students in the audience very much in mind, Marco also drew attention to the ongoing reform of legal education in England and Wales, which has coincided with the Brexit process.  A copy of his handout is available HERE 

The fourth part of the webinar was a Question-and-Answer session to which members of the audience and all three speakers contributed.  This session gave practising lawyers and other attendees an opportunity to ask questions and to reflect upon their own experiences of Brexit as it has affected them.

A video recording of the webinar is available here.

On the day after the webinar, Professor Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou discussed the main themes of the webinar on the English language programme presented by Saskia Constantinou on PIK Classic, one of the radio stations of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC).  Over the course of 45 minutes or so, Stéphanie answered a series of questions on Brexit generally and how it affects the Republic of Cyprus.  This appearance enabled a wider non-specialised audience to benefit from the webinar.  A recording of this appearance is available here: https://saskiaconstantinou.com/podcast/stephanie-shaelou/

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus thanks Marco Cillario and his colleagues at The Law Society of England and Wales for their role in support of the webinar.  The School of Law also thanks Saskia Constantinou, CyBC and everybody else who was involved in directly or indirectly supporting the webinar.  Last, but not least, the School of Law thanks the attendees for pre-registering and thereafter attending.

This Webinar was designed for the CPD of professionals in the Republic of Cyprus and internationally. UCLan Cyprus, through its Law School, is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes under the relevant Cyprus Bar Association scheme.  The Webinar carried 2 CPD non-certified units for the members of the Cyprus Bar Association.

Public Lecture on the EU Charter and Round Table on the protection of personal data by Professor Koen Lenaerts on the occasion of his official visit as President of the Court of Justice of the European Union to Cyprus (2019)

Dear Readers, it is our great pleasure to introduce you to a series of events which took place in Cyprus in 2019 with keynote speaker Professor Koen Lenaerts , President of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). On 15 April 2019, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus and the Law Department of the University of Cyprus proudly co-organised a public lecture whereby Prof. Lenaerts explored the impact and the role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the legal orders of the Member States. On 16 April 2019, during a student-focused roundtable, Prof. Lenaerts gave enlightening insights into the role of the CJEU in the protection of personal data. Both events explored aspects which are directly relevant to the Rule of Law as a pillar of every Democratic society. It could not have been more relevant in times of crisis. As with any crisis, the Rule of Law is at edge. Hence, this is the time to grasp, more than ever, the importance and the implications of the Rule of Law.

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials, reproduced with the kind permission of the President of the CJEU, with our deepest gratitude.

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‘The role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the Member States’, Opening Address by His Excellency Mr Costas Clerides, the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus (2019)

Dear Readers, it is our great pleasure to present you with the short Address opening the Public Lecture by The Honourable President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor Koen Lenaerts on 15 April 2019 (for all relevant materials, please click Here). The Opening Address was delivered by Mr Costas Clerides, the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus. In his Opening Address, Mr Clerides examined the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the Member States, including from the perspective of the Rule of Law as a pillar of every democratic society.

We hope you enjoy the reading of this Opening Address HERE, reproduced with the kind permission of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus.

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3rd Annual Lecture and Dinner (2019)

On Friday 22 February 2019, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus held its third Annual Lecture and Dinner at the Cleopatra Hotel in Nicosia. During the Annual Lecture the Distinguished Guest of Honour, Dr. Constantinos Lycourgos, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, delivered a lecture entitled ‘Limits to National Sovereignty and New Possibilities for EU Citizens: The Role of the Court of Justice of the EU’. We therefore invite you to read a detailed and contemporary summary of the Lecture HERE, which goes to the heart of the Rule of Law at the EU and national level.

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials, reproduced with the kind permission of the Honourable Judge Constantinos Lycourgos, with our deepest gratitude.

The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus organised its 3rd Annual Lecture and Dinner

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Inaugural Annual Lecture (2017)

The office of the Attorney-General may date back to the European Middle Ages, even if it did not assume its contemporary form. Nowadays, the constitutional fabric of each democratic society grants powers to Attorney-Generals, upholding the Rule of Law. The Law Blog of UCLan Cyprus is happy to reproduce the Key Note Speech of His Excellency Mr Costas Clerides, the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus (2013-2020), delivered at the Inaugural Annual Lecture of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus on 12 May 2017. In his speech, Mr. Clerides provided a thorough analysis of the administration of justice in the Republic of Cyprus and answered questions from students at the core of the Rule of Law. We therefore invite you to read a detailed examination of the role of the Attorney-General in a unique mixed legal system, the one of the Republic of Cyprus. We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials HERE, reproduced with the kind permission of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus, with our deepest gratitude.

Inaugural Annual Lecture of the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus. Keynote speaker: His Excellency the Attorney-General of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Costas Clerides

Inaugural annual dinner with the judiciary (2017)

For modern democratic nations, a strong and independent judiciary is the guarantor of the Rule of Law. The administration of justice is part of the democratic process. Thus, upholding a robust system of the administration of justice is of fundamental importance.

The Law Blog of UCLan Cyprus is happy to reproduce the Key Note Speech of Mr Justice Myron Nicolatos, President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus, delivered at the Inaugural Annual Dinner of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus on 20 January 2017. In his speech, Justice Nicolatos provided a thorough analysis of the administration of justice in the Republic of Cyprus and answered questions from students at the core of the Rule of Law.

We therefore invite you to read a detailed historical and legal account of the administration of justice in a unique mixed legal system, the one of the Republic of Cyprus.

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials, reproduced with the kind permission of the President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus, with our deepest gratitude.

http://www.supremecourt.gov.cy/judicial/sc.nsf/All/CC0BD03E900DB2FEC225839A00300FAC?OpenDocument

Inaugural annual dinner with the judiciary (2017)

Jean Monnet Module ‘The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU’ (‘FEcoGov’) (2014-17) – Guest Lecture, ‘Measures taken in order to tackle the Euro Crisis and the case law of the EU Courts’, By Judge Constantinos Lycourgos, Court of Justice of the European Union (2016)

It is with great pleasure that we reproduce here the fourth Guest Lecture of the Jean Monnet Module FEcoGov, delivered by the Honourable Judge Constantinos Lycourgos. The Guest Lecture entitled “Measures taken in order to tackle the Euro Crisis and the case law of the EU Courts” presented inter alia the various measures adopted at the EU and national level, in order to deal the sovereign debt and banking crisis. The crisis was acute in the Eurozone but was also present at a global scale. This Guest Lecture presents legal instruments of national, EU and/or international law, as interpreted by the EU Courts, of high relevance to the principle of effective judicial protection. We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials here, reproduced with the kind permission of the Honourable Judge Constantinos Lycourgos, with our deepest gratitude.

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials here, reproduced with the kind permission of the Honourable Judge Constantinos Lycourgos, with our deepest gratitude.

Guest Lecture judge Constantinos Lycourgos

Jean Monnet Module FEcoGov (2014-17)

This event was supported by the European Union through co-funding of the Erasmus+ Programme. The material and information contained in this website and materials reflect only the authors’ view. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the material or information it contains.

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Joint Jean Monnet Module, UCLan Cyprus – University of Cyprus – Cyprus Branch of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) event, in the honour of The Honourable Judge George Arestis (ret’d) (2016)

On 3 November 2016, the Jean Monnet Module at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus ‘The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU’ (‘FEcoGov’) (2014-17) participated in yet another successful and prestigious event, a ceremony held in honour of The Honourable Judge George Arestis (Ret’d), a former judge of the Supreme Court of Cyprus and the first Cypriot judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union from 2004 to 2014. Guests of honour and orators at the ceremony included: His Excellency Mr Justice Myron Nicolatos, President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus; the Honourable José Luís Da Cruz Vilaça, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union and President of FIDE; the Honourable Constantinos Lycourgos, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union; and Mr. Xenios Xenopoulos, President of the Cyprus Association of European Law and former President of FIDE.

We therefore invite you to read here the speech may by Judge Lycourgos on this occasion, setting out the legacy of the first Cypriot judge to the Court of Justice of the European Union (in Greek).

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials, reproduced with the kind permission of the Honourable Judge Constantinos Lycourgos, with our deepest gratitude.

Joint Jean Module

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Global access to justice project

Dear Readers, it is our great pleasure to introduce you to a series of resources under the Global Access to Justice Project. To view the local academic team involved in the project, composed of researchers at UCLan Cyprus, please visit globalaccesstojustice.com/local-researchers/ and click on Cyprus.

Access to justice is one of the fundamental components of the Rule of Law. Access to justice is compromised globally, especially in times of crisis. View the initial Project’s findings on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Justice Systems around the world at globalaccesstojustice.com/impacts-of-covid-19/

We hope you enjoy the reading of these materials, reproduced with the kind permission of the Global Access to Justice Project.
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