CRoLEV Newsletter

CRoLEV Research Day

On 8 December 2022, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus held a Research Day. This event, organised within the framework of CRoLEV, successfully gathered advanced students, legal professionals, experts in the field of the rule of law and various stakeholders. The event took place in hybrid format, with several participants on campus and other online via MS Teams. The event was divided into two parts. The first part featured a presentation of CRoLEV outputs by the CRoLEV Team (Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Dr. Andreas Marcou and Dr. Katerina Kalaitzaki) and a lecture by Dr Henrik Andersen, a Senior Visiting Fellow of UCLan Cyprus. Dr Andersen’s lecture, entitled ‘The Rule of Law, Human Rights and Climate Justice’ explored the connections between those principles, emphasising how courts have engaged with environmental cases. The second part of the day, entitled ‘CRoLEV Interdisciplinary Research Workshop’, primarily targeted advanced, graduate, and post-graduate students. Some of the workshops explicitly tackled issues related to doctoral studies, such as Dr Andrea Ferguson’s contribution on the ‘Future of Doctoral Education’ and Dr Lida Pitsillidou’s workshop on ‘Thesis Writing’. The remaining workshops tackled questions more directly relevant to research methodologies. Dr Josephina Antoniou discussed ‘Research Ethics Considerations’, Dr Ioanna Stylianou delivered a workshop on ‘Analysing and presenting data’, and Dr Katerina Kalaitzaki and Dr Andreas Marcou analysed the various ‘CRoLEV Methodologies’.
For a full report of the event, see here. Videos of the full event will be made publicly available on the CRoLEV website. Stay tuned!

First ‘Social Mediation upholding the Rule of Law’ Training and Focus Group targeting CSOs delivered by ICLAIM and CROLEV under the ‘Citizen Empowerment’ Series
On 2 and 3 December 2022 CRoLEV joined the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM) in the delivery of a new ‘Social Mediation upholding the Rule of Law’ Training and Focus Group targeting CSOs in Cyprus and beyond. The Social Mediation project was initiated in the Spring of 2018 by UCLan Cyprus and ICLAIM, and this latest training constitutes a part of a three-year-long series under CRoLEV. Using previous ICLAIM experience and CRoLEV research, the workshop brought together practising lawyers, civil society professionals, and members of the public to discuss how Social Mediation can be used as a citizen empowerment tool in defending the Rule of Law in the European Union and beyond.  As part of CRoLEV citizen-centred events planned in 2023 and 2024, the remaining two trainings and focus groups are scheduled for December 2023 and 2024 respectively. Each training and focus group will be enriched with research findings from the previous year and feedback received from participants, building further on the enrichment of the activities of the Social Mediators’ Network supported by ICLAIM. For more information, visit
Stay tuned for the accompanying report, which is expected in the first quarter of 2023.

UACES 2023 Themed Track
We are excited to announce that our proposal, together with our friends at CITIZENS-LAW for a Themed Track to take place during the next UACES 2023 Conference has been successful. The Themed Track, entitled ‘The Rule of Law under Scrutiny: Interdisciplinary, Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives’ now welcomes contributions until 22 January 2023. For more information and instructions on how to submit a paper, see

Forthcoming Events
We are delighted to announce a new online training course on “The Rule of Law and European Values in the modern ages: Measuring their impact on the Administration of Justice” within the framework of the CRoLEV Online Training Course Series. CRoLEV Director Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou and Dr Pim Albers, Senior Visiting Fellow on the Rule of Law and Justice at the School of Law, UCLan Cyprus and CRoLEV expert, will deliver this training on the 27th of January 2023 at 09.00-17.00 (CY Time) in person at UCLan Cyprus Campus and online via MS Teams. This Training is designed for the continuous professional development (CPD) of young and other professionals in Cyprus and internationally. CPD points will be available. For more information on the course, and for registration, please click here.

Website Resources
Our website is constantly updated so keep an eye out not to miss anything!! The Didactic Materials section has been updated to include material from the latest intensive courses we have delivered. We have also made more videos available from our various activities—click here.

Other News
We are also delighted to announce that UCLan Cyprus has signed several Memoranda of Understanding with other universities in the framework of CRoLEV. An agreement has been signed with the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University of Ukraine, aiming to facilitate further cooperation between our universities in the areas of teaching, research, as well as cultural and knowledge transfer activities. A second agreement has been signed with the Cracow University of Economics in Poland, aiming to enhance the cooperation of the two universities in the exchange of scientific and didactic materials, experiences, and ideas, as well as cooperation within the framework of European Union programmes, such as CRoLEV. Last, mobility from and to the University of Presov in Slovakia is taking place, that aims to contribute to the smooth cooperation of our universities in the delivery of CRoLEV activities (such as the intensive course on ‘The Rule of Law and other European Values in the modern age: The classic foundations of legal and ethical dilemmas in Europe’, which is available here).

Disclaimer: Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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