Alina Tryfonidou is Professor of European Law at Neapolis University Pafos (Cyprus) and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Reading (UK). Previously she worked in the UK at the Universities of Leicester (Lecturer, 2007-2011) and Reading (Lecturer (2011-2012), Associate Professor (2013-2018), and Professor (2018-2021)), and she taught as a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London (2005-2007 and 2010-2011). In 2004, Professor Tryfonidou completed a Blue Book traineeship at the European Commission (DG MARKT – now DG GROW), in 2010-2011 she was an IALS Visiting Fellow in London, and in May 2022 she will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo in Italy. Professor Tryfonidou obtained her LLB (2001), LLM (2002) and PhD (2008) from King’s College London, and she is an Associate of King’s College (AKC) since 2008, a non-practising member of the Cyprus Bar since 2003, a Fellow of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London since 2007, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) (FHEA) since 2016. In 2021-2022, she was a member of the European Commission Expert Group on the Recognition of Parenthood between Member States. Professor Tryfonidou’s main research interests lie in European law, focusing on family law, the rights of sexual minorities, and EU free movement law. She is a frequent invited speaker at academic conferences and she has been invited to speak before the European Parliament (the JURI and PETI committees) and the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Task Force on LGBTI issues, to give guest lectures at events organised by the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, the Academy of European Law (ERA), the European Parliament’s Renew Europe political group, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), and ILGA-Europe. In addition to monographs, chapters in edited volumes, articles in academic journals, and online blog posts and articles, Professor Tryfonidou has contributed chapters in reports and studies commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and by the European Commission, and she has co-authored a Study on ‘Obstacles to the free movement rights of rainbow families in the EU’ commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI committee. Her work has been cited by several Advocates General before the Court of Justice of the EU.
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