BIO

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LEDA KOURSOUMBA – NEÉ NICOLAIDES

  • Vice President of the Cyprus Red Cross Society.

  • Honorary Member of the Board of ASSITEZ Cyprus.

  • Academic Member of the Council of ARTE Music Academy.

  • Law Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus (2002-2019).

  • Commissioner for Children’s Rights (2007-2019).

  • Head of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on the Laws within the framework of the Good Offices of the UN Secretary General for the Solution of the Cyprus Problem (2002-2004) (2015 - ).

  • Member of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021).

  • Representative of ENOC to the Council of Europe Lanzarote Committee for the protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (2015-2019).

  • President of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) (2012-2013)

  • President of the Cyprus National Institution for the Protection of Human Rights (2003-2008).

  • Member of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Cyprus to the European Union (1998-2004).

  • Founding member and Secretary of the Board of the Music and Fine Arts Funds (1983-1992).


Born in Nicosia. Studied law in England. Barrister at Law. Registered advocate in Cyprus. Specialized in the field of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights Law, in particular Children’s Rights Law. Represented Cyprus before international and European courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and agencies and Committees of the United Nations, such as the “treaty bodies”, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Participated in the drafting of the “Manual on the Basic Principles of Administrative Law”, edited by the Committee of Experts on Administrative Law of the Council of Europe. Co-author of the “Systematic Commentary of the Treaty of Accession of the Central and Eastern European Countries, Cyprus and Malta to the E.U.”, published by the University of Hagen (wrote the chapter on Cyprus).