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Professor Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou

Professor of European Law and Reform, Head of School, School of Law, UCLan, Cyprus
School of Justice

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. 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. 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. 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.

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). 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, in 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 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. 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

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. Most of her publications have to do with the application of European law and the upholding of fundamental human rights in different contexts: constitutional rights and democracy, socio-economic-cultural rights in turbulent times (including access to education, language and identity rights), EU citizenship rights, individual rights vis-à-vis collective rights, rights in the public sphere vis-à-vis private sphere, phenomena of socialisation and conflicts resolution, citizen empowerment and effective judicial protection. She has written/produced several books, over 10 book chapters and 10 journal articles, multiple reports/handbooks/manuals, over 13 blogs and e-articles and over 20 media outputs on current issues such as on general human rights, AI and human rights, Brexit, access to higher education, COVID-19 and human rights, life-long-learning, justice, populism or social mediation, as well as multiple conference proceedings. In addition to multiple academic and professional fora where she presents her work, she participates to high level events (i.e. Paris Peace Forum), to EU funded research projects (Horizon 2020/DG Just) or deliver training to professionals in Europe through CPD courses or at the ERA Law Academy of the EU in Trier, where she disseminates her research and knowledge outputs on sustainable socio-economic-cultural rights in turbulent times (digital age, emergency situations).

  • Ph.D. in Law, University of Leicester, 2008
  • LL.M. in European and International Trade Law, University of Leicester, 1997
  • First Class Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons), 4 years, University of Paris Sud (now Paris-Saclay) 1996
  • Bachelor in Legal Linguistics (4 years), I.S.I.T (Institut Supérieur de l’Interprétation et de la Traduction), Institut Catholique de Paris, International Legal Section 1996
  • Certificate in English Legal Studies, University of Leicester, 1995
  • European Citizen 2020 Prize Laureate, European Parliament on behalf of ICLAIM’s Social Mediation in Practice project (February 2021).
  • Module Leader and Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module entitled “The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU”, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, co-funded by the European Union and selected as a ‘Success Story’ and ‘Good Practice’ by the European Commission. (Sept. 2014 – Aug. 2017)
  • EU/EMU withdrawal; BREXIT negotiations and implications on the EU, the Republic of Cyprus, the SBAs, the UK, and the Mediterranean region
  • European integration; differentiation ; EU external relations;
  • EU economic and financial governance and crisis;
  • Effective judicial protection, Rule of Law and crisis, judicial independence;
  • Fundamental rights and principles; Socio-economic rights in times of crisis; Fundamental rights in new technologies (data protection, privacy);
  • EU Internal Market Law; Four Freedoms;
  • Fundamental rights/freedoms in International and EU Law;
  • EU and national Constitutional Law; application of EU law in Cyprus; constitutional rights;
  • EU citizenship, free movement of persons and the scope of EU law in Cyprus and beyond;
  • Interdisciplinary research: Artificial Intelligence, big data and human rights; compliance; dispute resolution; ethics; gender studies; populism.
  • ENERI (European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity) (member, current)
  • Academic Associations
  • Higher Education Academy, UK (Fellow) (current)
  • European Law Institute, Brussels (Fellow) (current)
  • The University Association for Contemporary European Studies, UK (current)
  • Society of Legal Scholars, UK (member) (current)
  • Friends of ERA (Academy of European Law) (current)
  • Academic Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights (2018-2020)
  • Professional Organisations
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM) (Founding member and Director)
  • Cyprus Chamber of Commerce (KEBE) (member, current)
  • Cyprus Association for the European Law (branch of FiDE, International Federation for European Law) (Board Member) (current) FIDE, International Federation of European Law (
  • Investment Migration Council (IMC), Geneva (member) (2016-2019)
  • Cyprus Chapter of the Centre Européen d’Arbitrage et de Médiation (Founding member; Vice Chairwoman since June 2018)
  • Cyprus Marine Club (member, current)
  • Collaborative Networks (selection)
  • European Law Institute, Common Constitutional Traditions in Europe Project (2020-)Consultative Committee Member
  • European Law Institute, Business and Human Rights: Access to Justice and Effective Remedies Project (2020-)Consultative Committee Member
  • European Law Institute, AI and Public Administration (2020-), Consultative Committee Member
  • Global Access to Justice project (2019- to date), Lead National Expert
  • Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD)
  • Council of Europe (July 2018-2019), Legal Expert,
  • Network of Constitutional Experts (ERC grant; 2014-17), National Expert
  • Network of National Experts (EEA funded project; 2015-20) National Expert
  • Editorial Boards/Reviewer (selection)
  • Editor in Chief, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Populism, UCLan Cyprus School of Law (2020-to date)
  • Inaugural issue (January 2021)
  • Co-Editor, UCLan Cyprus Law Blog and Rule of Law Monitoring Mechanism / (2020-to date)
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Responsible Technology, Elsevier (2020-to date)
  • Reviewer for the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Review, European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, Yearbook of European Law, International Journal of Human Rights
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Larnaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fundraising and Innovation Committee member (December 2020-)
  • Advisory Committee member, Cyprus Forum (May 2020-) upon invitation
  • International Academic and Industry Advisory Board of Marine and Maritime Research, Innovation and Technology Centre of Excellence – CMMI/MaRITeC-X (December 2017-) (upon invitation), Cyprus (Teaming Phase 2)
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Strategy International