Natalie AlkiviadouAequitas

    Natalie Alkiviadou’s research and teaching expertise rest in the areas of human rights law, international law and European Law. She holds degrees from Warwick University (LLB), Utrecht University (LLM) and a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 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 intenet 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 is participates in European actions such as the High Level Group on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance. As lecturer at UCLan Cyprus, 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.

    In addition to her academic interests, Natalie was the country researcher for a 2016 European Network against Racism report on Afrophobia. As founding member and director of AEQUITAS, an NGO working on human rights education, 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.

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