August 17, 2017

Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou

Place and Date of Birth

Famagusta, Cyprus – 14 June 1963

Academic Qualifications 

  • LL.M. (European Law) – London School of Economics and Political Science, 1987.
  • Ph.D.(Law) – University College London, 1991

 Academic Appointments Held

  • Oct. 1988- Oct.1991: Research Associate in EEC Law (University College London).
  • Oct.1991-Sept.1993: Lecturer in European Law (University of Southampton).
  • Sept.1993-Jul.1994: Senior Lecturer in European Law (Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London).
  • Sept.1995-Sept.1997: Jean Monet Chair of European Integration (University of Durham).
  • July 1994- July 1997: Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Centre for the Law of the European Union – University College London).
 Foreign Service Appointments

  • 17 March 1997: Appointed Minister Plenipotentiary.
  • 18 March 1997 – 30 June 1998: Minister Plenipotentiary, EU Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia.
  • 1 July 1998 – 30 June 1999: Deputy Permanent Delegate of Cyprus to the European Union, Brussels.
  • 1 July 1999 -18 August 2002: Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Cyprus in Ireland.
  • 1 April 2000: Promoted to the rank of the Ambassador of Cyprus.
  • 19 August 2002-25 September 2004: Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg.
  • 09 June 2004-31July 2008: Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the European Union, Brussels.
  • 18 August 2008-4 March 2012: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia
  • 2 April 2012: Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, New York.
Other Current Positions

  • Member on the Panel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague (since11/1995).
Other Positions Held

  • Special Adviser on European Union Affairs to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia, Cyprus (1 July 1994- 17 March 1997)
  • Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe (1994-1997)
  • Member of the Greek Cypriot Negotiating Team in the Talks for the Solution of the Cyprus Problem under the auspices of the UN SG (July -August 1997, February–April 2004 and May 2010-March 2012)
  • Delegate of the Government Agent in cases before the European Court of Human Rights (2002-2004).


  • Knight Commander with Star, Order of St. Gregory the Great, Vatican (2010)
Selected Publications (Books)

  • Legal Aspects of Integration in the European Union (1997) (with David O’Keeffe)
  • The Concept of Proportionality in European Law (1996)
  • Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (1997)
  • The European Union and World Trade Law After the GATT Uruguay Round (1996) (with David O’Keeffe)

Dr Emiliou is also the author of numerous academic and professional articles on issues of European Community, public international law and public law.


April 2012.