Cypriot Courts, the Return Directive and Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Failures

Nicos Trimikliniotis, Corina Demetriou

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This chapter illustrates how the legal and socio-political context, within which the Cypriot courts adjudicate, renders effective implementation of the Return Directive (RD) difficult. It highlights the critical role of the courts in ensuring or undermining effective implementation and engages with gaps and weaknesses in the outcomes. The problems encountered in accessing rights under the RD partly stem from the failure of judicial traditions both to learn from European and foreign domestic courts and to embrace a rights-based approach, but mostly arise from flaws in the Cypriot juridical system itself. The judicial reluctance to give primacy to the protection of fundamental rights and, in the spirit of the EU Charter, to interpret all laws transposing the EU acquis in a manner compliant with the Charter remains a key issue. In most cases the transposition of the RD has brought little change to administrative policies and practices, while certain aspects of the RD are implemented deficiently or not at all.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and Judicial Dialogue on the Return of Irregular Migrants from the European Union
EditorsPlilippe De Bruycker, Galina Cornelisse, Madalina Moraru
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)1509922954
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameModern Studies in European Law


  • EU Return Directive
  • EU Charter for Fundamental Rights
  • ECHR
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • detection
  • expulsion
  • deportation
  • human rights
  • Constitutional rights
  • colonial immigration
  • irregular migrants
  • asylum


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