Dr. Natalie Alkiviadou
Natalie Alkiviadou, is a lecturer at UCLan Cyprus and Director of ICLAIM. She teaches European Union Law, Employment Law, Legal Skills and Family Relationships and the Law on the LLB and International Human Rights Law and Advanced Legal Systems on the LLM.
Natalie has over ten years experience in working with civil society, educators and public servants in the framework of training and capacity building on human rights and related themes. Her research expertise lies in EU Law and human rights law with a focus on hate speech, hate crime and right-wing extremism. Through a comparative analysis of Greece and England and Wales, her thesis looked at the legal tools available to challenge far-right political parties, non-party groups and subculture movements. Her current research continues to focus on the legal regulation of the far-right as well as particular aspects of the far-right to include online and offline hate speech, the regulation of internet hate and hate crime. She has presented papers at academic conferences on themes including non-discrimination and the regulation of internet hate speech. Natalie has taken part in conferences with academics and stakeholders such as the Police and the Ombudsperson as co-organiser and speaker. The themes of the conferences have been hate speech and hate crime, LGBTI rights, the representation of migrants in Cypriot media and the role of human rights education in Cypriot society. She has recently coordinated a project which created the first platform on hate speech available in English and Greek which, among other themes, provides an overview of relevant international, European and national laws on hate speech regulation. She participates in European actions such as the High Level Group on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance. Natalie was the country researcher for a 2016 European Network against Racism report on Afrophobia. She has been part of a number of European, international and national projects which focus on themes ranging from human rights education for young people to capacity building of competent authorities on issues such as combatting hate speech and hate crime.
She has drafted handbooks, strategy papers and shadow reports for projects funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Commission and the European Youth Foundation, on themes such as the rights of domestic workers in Cyprus, hate crime and extremism in young people and ENAR’s shadow report on Afrophobia. Recently she undertook an accredited conflict management and mediation skills course to develop her dispute resolution skills as a necessary companion to her current research interest and knowledge transfer activities, embedded in ICLAIM for the benefit of the wider community. Natalie is currently coordinating a social mediation project of UCLan Cyprus in cooperation with the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. ICLAIM is an expert partner to the project.