Dr. Petros Michaelides
Lecturer in Law
Telephone: +357 2684 3336
He studied Law, Political and Economic Science at Athens University (1958-1963) and pursued Doctoral work in constitutional law and political sciences at Paris University (1965-1967).
From 1967 to 1971 he practiced law in Nicosia and he was appointed judge, a post that he held until March 1978 when he became Minister of Justice and as from May 1979 he was also the Minister to the President. He served as well as Special Advisor to the President on legal and human rights matters.
In 1981 he joined the Diplomatic Service and served until 1999 as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to France and other European Countries. He was the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the United Nations and other International Organizations and Agencies in Vienna. He also served as Ag Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since April 1999 Mr. Michaelides is a practicing lawyer – legal consultant in Nicosia.
Mr. Michaelides represented Cyprus in various ministerial Committees and Meetings of the Council of Europe the U.N. and the OSCE. He was a member of the Committee of Minister’s Deputies Group on Human Rights and the Venice Conference on Democracy through Law. and he has participated to the meetings of the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.
From 1989 to 2011, Mr. Michaelides has been an elected member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Since 2010 he is an elected member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.
He is the author of various publications and articles on the Cyprus legal system and human rights.He speaks Greek, English, French and Italian.