Prof. Christos Clerides

Prof. Christos Clerides

Vice Dean of School of Business and Law
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Short CV
Dr. Christos Clerides was born in 1954 in Nicosia. He got his LL.B (Hons) from Brunel University, Uxbridge having been awarded the First Price for the best examination performance in 1976. In 1977 he got his LL.M specializing in Maritime Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance and General Insurance at the University of London, University College. His performance made him eligible for scholarship. In 1981 he was awarded his Ph.D. at King’s College, University of London, specializing in European Union Law. For his Ph.D at King’s College he worked under the supervision of Professor A. Chloros later the Greek Judge of the European Court of Justice and Professor Francis Jacobs, later Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. His thesis, Conflicts of Social Security Laws in the European Committees was approved by an External Board of examiners, Professors K. Lipstein of Cambridge and Hartley of The London School of Economics in 1981. He worked in England as part of his LL.B (Hons) sandwich course with CITY Solicitors, Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert, under the supervision of the late President of the Law Society, Sir Denis Marshall. He is a practicing Advocate and head of the Phoebus, Cristos Clerides & Associates Law Firm since 1982. He handled before the Supreme Court of Cyprus numerous cases and he also practises in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He was a cofounder with Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, L. Loucaides, of the International Association for the Protection of Human Rights in Cyprus in 1999. He served as Honorary President and President of the Association. He was Deputy Chairman of the New Horizons Party and elected Member of House of Representatives of the Nicosia District 2001 – 2006 and Deputy elected in 2006 - 2011 with the European Party. He was a member of the National Council, the highest authority advising the President of the Republic on the Cyprus problem up to December 2004. He served in the Human Rights Committee, the European Law Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives. He has tabled numerous laws and questions to Ministers in the House and has participated in numerous official delegations on behalf of the House of Representatives. He served in the Assembly of the Western European Union and its Committees in Paris as a member of the Cyprus team. He also attended numerous meetings of the Mediterranean dialogue of the NATO Assembly. He has written numerous studies and articles in Legal affairs magazines and in the local press. He served as a member of the Family Law Reform Committee 1983 - 1986 the report of which was adopted in substance culminating in the amendment of the Cyprus Constitution and the introduction of the New Family Law in Cyprus, abolishing the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Court, in matters of divorce. He has participated and organized numerous Human Rights conferences and meetings in Cyprus.
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