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Nicos Trimikliniotis’ practice combines all aspects of family law, particularly with regard to discrimination, immigration, asylum and EU Law. He also has an on-going commitment to human rights in Cyprus and has developed a socio-legal approach to understanding the operation of law in society as a tool for improving the lives of those in need.

Nicos’ focus has been on policy advice and on producing numerous academic publications. He has also taught family law to social workers at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

He has recently started to practise in areas relating to children and family law.


Nicos regularly acts for NGOs, parents and children, particularly those from minority or migrant backgrounds.

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Nicos has conducted research on issues relating to domestic violence, trafficking (sexual and labour trafficking), violence against women and children, sexual violence and unaccompanied minors in Cyprus.

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International Human Rights

Alongside his academic work and practice, Nicos is very active in international human rights and humanitarian law. His international advisory, consultancy and research work has included:

  • Violence against Children, Young People and Women: Ways of implementing the EU directives on violence against women, children and youth: good practices and recommendations: Cyprus
  • Thematic Study on Child Trafficking, Cyprus, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2008
  • Demand for Stolen Lives. Researching the Demand Side of Trafficking (DeStoLi). The Risk Group of Unaccompanied Minors: Protection measures in an enlarged European Union- Report on Cyprus
  • Youth, Job Insecurity and Precariousness at Work in Cyprus

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Expertise and Distinctions

Besides his practice and academic work in law and sociology, Nicos has vast experience in leading research groups, drafting expert reports and advising on policy for the EU Commission, monitoring and investigating bodies, governmental departments, NGOs and individuals. This work has included the following positions:

  • Associate Professor (Law and Sociology), University of Nicosia (2012-Assistant Professor  (2001-2012), University of Nicosia
  • National Expert for the Network of Experts on Free Movement of Workers (2008- 2013)
  • National Expert of European Network for labour Law (2010-)
  • National expert for the Odysseus Network, 2010-
  • Senior Research consultant for PRIO Cyprus Centre on reconciliation, discrimination and migration (2008-2012)
  • National Expert Report on Citizenship on Cyprus for EUDO (2006-2013)
  • Member of the Team on World Polarisations and Convergences as member of the “Gauging Deviance” project, a multi-disciplinary project initiated by the International Social Science Council, chaired by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein and funded by the Gubelkian Foundation on World Polarisations and Convergences. Book edited by Wallerstein will be published by Yale (2014)

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Nicos has also conducted other research, expert reports and codes. These have included:

  • National Expert Reports for EU Commission report on ‘Studies on the implementation of Labour Law Directives in the enlarged European Union’(2006)
  • Thematic studies submitted to the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (and EUMC)  in the Framework of the RAXEN Network in (2004-2010)
  • Thematic studies on Cyprus submitted to the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union in the Framework of the Network of the European of Experts in Fundamental Rights (FRALEX) in (2007-2009) (co-authored with Corina Demetriou)
  • Reports on measures to combat discrimination, Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC, to the Legal Network of Independent Experts in the non-discrimination field Cyprus, operated by the Migration Policy Group and Human European Consultancy (2003-2007)

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Training and Seminars

  • Since 2009: Lecturer at the Police Academy – Topic: ‘Policing a Multicultural society’, as part of Professional Training seminar for police officers of all specialisations and for Cadets. Trained high-ranking officers and over 500 police officers
  • 2005-2010 Coordinator and Trainer of Teachers at English School, Nicosia on the following series ‘Anti-discrimination, Diversity and Reconciliation’ and Citizenship, Civics Human Rights’


Nicos has presented papers at a significant number of conferences around the world, a selection of which are detailed below:

  • “Remedial Federalism as Conflict Resolution to the Cyprus Problem”, Conference for the 25th Summer University on Federalism, Decentralisation and Conflict Resolution, States falling apart? Secessionist and autonomy movements in Europe, August 2013, Switzerland
  • “The ‘Cyprus Treatment’, the Eurocrisis and Beyond”, Seminar of Social Work Durham University, July 2013
  • “Economic Crisis, Ethnicity and Religious discrimination in a ethnically divided society: The case of austerity-ridden Cyprus”, Annual conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2013, University of York Law School, March 2013
  • “Reflections on Suspending the EU Acquis: Crisis, Capital Controls and Necessity/Exceptions”, paper to be delivered at the Seminar organised by the Cypriot Institute of Critical Social Research and Dialogue, 17 June 2013
  • “Can Cyprus Exit the Eurozone: A Legal Perspective”, paper to be delivered at the seminar organised by the Cypriot Institute of Critical Social Research and Dialogue, 18 June 2013

Scholarly Activities

In 2013, Nicos taught immigration law at the specialised programme on the immigration policy of the European Union at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This programme was organised by the “Odysseus” Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum In Europe, which awards the Certificate in European Law on Immigration and Asylum.

He also chaired the Organising Committee for the Expert Conference hosted by the Ministry of the Interior of Cyprus under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU “Shaping and Implementing Integration Policies: The Role of local and regional Authorities and Communities”, co-funded by the European Integration Fund of the European Union, Nicosia, 20 November 2012. Nicos drafted the Concept and Background paper, liaised with Experts and EU and Ministry officials and organised the program and chaired the conference.


  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA

Professional Membership

  • British Bar Association
  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • International Sociological Association
  • Cyprus Sociological Association


  • Greek

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