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ICLAIM’S ‘Social Mediation In Practice’ Project Receives The European Citizen Prize 2020

ICLAIM’S ‘Social Mediation In Practice’ Project Receives The European Citizen Prize 2020

Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head, School of Law, University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) & Founding Member/Director, ICLAIM, talks about the ICLAIM project and the recent award the project received by the European Parliament.

 

What are the main actions of the Interdisciplinary Center for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM) and how does it promote social entrepreneurship?

ICLAIM is an independent non-profit organisation, established in Cyprus since 2017, and hosted at the Cyprus campus of the University of Central Lancashire. ICLAIM envisions a society where citizens are empowered individually and collectively to enjoy access to social justice, through alternative and innovative approaches in the application of the law to societal issues, underpinned by high quality research and impact. As a social enterprise, ICLAIM has a mission of fostering social dialogue and the rule of law through education and training and enhance active citizenship through knowledge transfer activities.

 

The European Parliament has honored you with the European Citizen Award 2020. What does this award mean to you?

The EP awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that promote European values through their day-to-day activities. The prize recognizes outstanding achievements. Out of the 30 laureates of the EP’s 2020 Prize from 25 EU countries, ICLAIM is one of the two recipients from Cyprus. I receive the Prize as ICLAIM Founder for our ‘Social Mediation in Practice’ project. The project relies on the engagement of active citizens. So the Prize is an international recognition of our determination to make a difference locally, on the ground, in difficult times of crisis and pandemic.

 

Tell us about the "Social Mediation in Practice" project of ICLAIM and its goals. How does the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) support these actions?

It is an educational programme to spread the use of social mediation as a tool for the resolution of conflicts in the Cypriot society and beyond. Social mediation can be used by all, in the public and private space. It fosters social dialogue and enables the de-escalation of conflicts at the individual or collective level, empowering the parties to solve their own disputes. The programme has been adjusted to the Cypriot context. In 2018, pilot training took place, promoting the use of social mediation among individuals primarily from the education, the NGO and the law enforcement sectors, delivered by ICLAIM with the support of UCLan Cyprus and a grant from the Lancashire Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. In 2019 and 2020, new workshops were delivered by ICLAIM across various towns and communities on the island. These were supported by UCLan Cyprus, with a grant from the British High Commission in Nicosia. The workshops led to the establishment of the Social Mediators Network. The Prize therefore recognizes the active citizenship of almost 100 trained social mediators, as well as the trust showed by all institutions involved. ICLAIM thanks them all.

 

 

 

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