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Maria Kyprianou
Law (LLB) University of Leicester (2008), Barrister Qualification Cyprus The Bar Association of Cyprus (2009), Law (LLM) in Public International Law - King’s College London (2010)
MPhil/PhD Student, Legal Officer at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Research Topic: Road to Prostitution: Human Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation in Cyprus;
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Maria Kyprianou started her research at UCL in October 2011. She is doing a comparative study of the protection of victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, in Cyprus and the UK.

Maria is a non-resident PhD student; hence she conducts most of her research in Cyprus, where she works at the Electricity Authority Cyprus (EAC), as an internal Legal Officer. Having studied law at the University of Leicester she then completed her legal training in Cyprus and obtained the Bar Qualification, while working at a private legal firm. Being eager to return to research, Maria commenced her PhD part-time at the University of Leicester after finishing her LLM in Public International Law at King’s College London. While in Cyprus, Maria did an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Human Trafficking Department in 2011, prior to her employment at EAC.

While doing her PhD Maria, worked on a voluntary basis at NGO KISA (Support, Equality Anti-racism), as a researcher for the project “Exploring new forms of access to Asylum Procedures” co-funded by the European Commission under the European Refugee Fund. She has also conducted research on a voluntary basis with NGO Index: Research & Dialogue for the project “Corruption and Nepotism in Cyprus”.

In 2011 Maria conducted research for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), as the National researcher for Cyprus, for the “Study of collected narratives on gender perceptions in 27 Member States”, in collaboration with Yellow Window Consultants in Belgium. She also co-authored the 2010-2011 Shadow Report on racism and related discrimination for the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

In 2012, Maria conducted another project for EIGE, as a national researcher for both Cyprus and Greece, for the Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in Europe.
Maria is currently working with the Lawyers Collective, doing pro bono research on the Global Health Rights Project, as a national lawyer.


Kyprianou M. (2011),Thinking outside the box: Policies behind perspectives of the transnational crime of Human Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Law, 18-21 July 2011, Athens, Greece.
Areas of Expertise

Human Rights, Employment and Equality, Public International Law

Research Projects
Research Interests

Administrative Law, Contract Law, Energy Law, Health Rights, Human Rights, Public International Law, Refugee Law, Socio-legal studies and empirical research, Trafficking in Human beings

UCL Associations/Academic & Professional Memberships

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Professional Experience
  • 2008 - 2009: Barrister trainee at Leonidas Georgiou Law Firm
  • 2010 : Voluntary Work / Researcher at KISA (Support, Equality Anti-racism)
  • 2010 : Voluntary Work / Researcher at Index: Research & Dialogue
  • 2011 : Intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
  • 2011 : Researcher for Yellow Window Management Consultants
  • 2011 : Legal officer at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Public Engagements & Media Coverage

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Maria's publications include:
Edited Volumes
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