The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is happy to announce a new project on smuggling and human trafficking across the Green Line in Cyprus, sponsored by the British High Commission in Nicosia.
The project’s overall objective is to examine, detect, and understand the criminal activities of smuggling and trafficking persons across the UN-controlled buffer zone, also known as “Green Line”. This will enhance the sustainability of the island in an intercommunal, national and international setting by increasing awareness as to how lives and interests at stake are endangered by various illegal activities, particularly smuggling of illicit goods and persons and the trafficking of human beings. An ancillary objective is to enhance the ethical literacy, performance effectiveness of those in NGOs, law enforcement agencies, legal and justice sectors who engage in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of illicit activities across the Green Line. The project through its research and outputs will enhance education and awareness raising to a variety of individuals ranging from students, to frontline workers, experts, young people and the general public.
The team is composed of diverse academic experts and civil society organisations on the ground who intend to expand the knowledge and the applicability of the law combating smuggling and trafficking of persons and transfer it to targeted groups. In doing so, we aspire to create a pool of confident practitioners and researchers that can recommend, apply and inform their communities about the dangers and the extent of perceived and reported illicit activities. We also aspire to promote awareness through seminars, specialised trainings, focus groups and other activities.