Call for Applications for the Doctorate (PhD) in Law

The University of Nicosia announces the opening of seven positions for admission to the Doctorate (PhD) in Law for the Fall 2019 semester of the academic year 2019-2020.

The programme aims to offer the highest level of scientific knowledge in the field and to prepare students for a career in tertiary education and scientific research in Law. Students are expected to conduct state-of-the-art research that advances original and practically applicable solutions to scientific problems in Law.

The specific aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop students’ in-depth understanding and critical analysis of current theoretical literature and research methodology in the field of Law.
  • Develop students’ understanding and application of suitable research methodologies and scientific methods of investigation to enable them to carry out their doctoral research project.
  • Enhance students’ research skills and facilitate the development of expertise relevant to their research specialization area.
  • Educate students on how to disseminate research findings, conclusions and suggestions, for example through publishing in academic journals and/or presenting their work in academic conferences and seminars.

The programme is offered in English and Greek.

SchoolSchool of Law
Duration3 years
Number of Positions7 (seven)
Selection CriteriaPreselection on the basis of evaluation of qualifications and final selection on the basis of an individual interview
Application Deadline15 July 2019
Oral Examination22 July 2019
(The oral examination can be conducted via Skype)
LanguageAll aspects of the programme are conducted in English or Greek (application submission, individual interviews, and programme study).

How to Apply

For academic information related to the doctorate programme,
contact the Programme Coordinator Dr Christos Papastylianos via email at [email protected].


  1. Academic Qualifications: An accredited Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB or equivalent) or a relevant field in addition to an accredited Master’s degree in Law (LLM or equivalent) or a relevant field. It is normally expected that at least one of the previous degrees (Bachelor’s or Master’s) be in Law. Applicants that do not fulfil this requirement may still apply to the programme subject to the evaluation of their academic qualifications by the Department Doctoral Programme Committee. Copies of degrees awarded must be submitted as part of a complete application package.
  2. Application Form: Applicants must submit an application form for admission and start the enrolment process to the programme. The application form requests general information about the applicant, their qualifications, relevant experience.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: a complete CV specifying all academic and professional activities.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must obtain two recommendation letters from individuals who have known the applicant in an educational and/or professional environment. At least one of the recommendation letters must be from an academic institution where the applicant has studied previously.
  5. English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (paper-based test 600, computer-based test 250, internet-based test 100) or IELTS 6.5. For students who graduated from an English-speaking University, English language is not a requirement. Proficiency in English Language is an essential requirement even in cases where the thesis is to be submitted in Greek as research undertaken towards completing the thesis is expected to include English-language sources.
  6. Publications: Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any).
  7. Initial Research Proposal: An initial proposal (1,000 – 2,000 words) outlining the research topic, aims and objectives, research questions and proposed research methodology as follows:
    • Title
    • Literature review (brief)
    • Identifications of gaps in existing literature and rationale for proposed research
    • Aims and objectives
    • Research hypotheses
    • Research methodology
    • Ethical Considerations (if applicable)
    • Expected output
    • Time plan for completion
    • References
  8. Statement of Purpose: Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive outline highlighting their academic and individual competencies and state why they believe they are suitable for admission to the Programme, as well as their reflections regarding the expectations and value of the Programme for their personal advancement and career development.
  9. Individual Interviews: The Department Doctoral Programme Committee may decide whether to hold an individual interview of the applicant prior to deciding. The Department Doctoral Programme Committee, having examined the applicant’s suitability against the entry criteria, having reviewed the application and interviewed the applicant, will determine his or her suitability and the appropriateness of their initial proposal.
  10. Final Evaluation: In view of the limited number of applicants to be admitted to the programme, the Department Doctoral Programme Committee will decide on the basis of merit and by evaluating specific criteria who are the most suitable candidates to be admitted to the programme. The Committee will exercise its judgment, taking into account the overall quality, merit and feasibility of the research proposal, the quality of the prior research work of the candidate and the candidate’s academic and other relevant qualifications as included in the curriculum vitae and the applicant’s performance during the individual interview.
Professor Achilles Emilianides
Dean of the School of Law
Public Law, Private and Commercial Law,
History and Philosophy of Law,
Law and Technology,
Private International Law,
Comparative Law, Jurisprudence Law
Professor Nestor CourakisCriminology, Criminal Justice
Professor Irene StamatoudiIntellectual Property Law, Cultural Heritage Law
Associate Professor Christina Ioannou
Associate Dean of the School of Law
Labour Law, EU Governance and Institutions,
Social Rights and Welfare, Gender
Associate Professor Costas StratilatisComparative Constitutional Law and Theory,
Human, Rights Law/Theory/Philosophy,
Constituent Power in the EU
Associate Professor Demetra SorvatziotiCriminology, Criminal Law and Procedure
Assistant Professor Christos Papastylianos
Head of the Department of Law
Constitutional Law and Theory,
Immigration Law, Human Rights Law
Assistant Professor Odysseas Christou
Associate Head of the Department of Law
Public International Law, Energy and Environmental Law,
Social Rights and Welfare, Jurisprudence
Assistant Professor Nikolaos KoumoutzisFamily Law, Tort Law, Bioethics
Assistant Professor Michalis KontosPublic International Law, Law of Armed Conflict,
International Organizations, International Humanitarian Law
Assistant Professor Anna PlevriCivil and Civil Procedural Law