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About Nikitas E Hatzimihail

The focus of my scholarship is in (i) private international law (doctrine, theory and history); (ii) comparative law and legal history; (iii) contract/commercial law; (iv) civil justice and dispute resolution, in addition to (v) broader contributions to the doctrinal/systematic development of Cyprus law
Doctrinal legal analysis is my primary preoccupation but I have sought to draw on both humanities and social sciences for concepts and tools, while developing an holistic, coherent approach mindful of both culture and policy considerations. In this regard, historical and comparative insights have proven especially valuable.


August 2006 - Present Associate Professor of Private Law, University of Cyprus ‐ Department of Law
November 2002 - August 2006 Senior Researcher, Universite Libre de Bruxelles ‐ Faculty of Law, Center of Private Law
August 2001 - December 2001 Visiting Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Research Interests

Private International Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Legal History, Contracts and Commercial Law, European Private Law, Private Law Theory, Civil Justice, and International Commercial Law

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Honors and Awards

  • Addison Brown Commencement Prize, Harvard University, 2003
  • Addison Brown Commencement Prize, Harvard University, 1997


  • Law of Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • European Legal Tradition
  • Private International Law
  • International Business Law
  • ADR & International Commercial Arbitration


June 1997 - November 2002 SJD, Doctor of Juridical Science, Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School
August 1996 - November 1997 LLM, Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School
November 1995 - June 1996 University of Athens ‐ Economics
September 1991 - August 1995 Ptychion in Law (J.D. equivalent), University of Athens ‐ School of Law

Contact Information

University of Cyprus, Department of Law
P.O. Box 20537 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus


Business Law (2)

Civil Justice (3)

Maritime Law (1)

Cyprus Law (15)