Dr. Despina Christofi

Dr. Despina Christofi holds a PhD in Law (University of Central Lancashire, 2018), an LLM in International Commercial Law (University of Glasgow, 2014) and an LLB (Hons) (University of Leicester, 2013). Her research interests evolve around EU economic and financial governance in times of crisis, European Banking Union, banking supervision and regulation, harmonization of Private International law in the EU, Alternative Dispute Resolution methods and International Investment Arbitration. During 2014-2017, she was a Research Assistant, Jean Monnet Module running at the Law School of UCLan Cyprus, ‘The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU’ (FecoGov) doing legal research on the multiple aspects of the law and governance of finance and economic policy in the EU, in the global and multidimensional context of the financial and sovereign debt crisis in the EU and beyond, and assisting in the organisation of guest lectures, roundtables and workshops. Her PhD obtained in 2018 examined the protection of bank depositors, based on the idea of effectiveness, comparatively by litigation and arbitration in the EU law regime in the context of the financial crisis. Her publications consider legal aspects of the financial crisis within the EU, focusing on the banking sector of Cyprus and the UK, and on commercial, economic and banking law of Cyprus.

In September 2018, she successfully completed the UCLan Civil and Commercial Mediation training Course, which is a registered Civil/ Commercial Mediation Training Course (CMC). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a trainer of Human Resources Development Authority of Cyprus. Furthermore, she has been actively involved in giving expert legal opinions in EU financial crisis law and banking law for Cypriot law firms and legal authorities.

Dr Christofi is currently a Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Law in UCLan Cyprus. She is teaching on the LLM and the LLB, including, among others, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Mediation, Banking and Financial Services Regulation, the Law of International Financial Transactions, Private International law and Commercial Law. Finally, she is involved in the delivery of professional courses by the School of Law.