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About Dr Martha Hayes Sampson

From 2006-2011, I also served as Deputy Head of the Law School.  As part of my duties, I had overall management responsibility for assessment within the Law School.  This includes such matters as the assignment and monitoring of internal marking, input to scheduling of examinations, and representing the Law School on the Academic Awards Boards and Assessment Fora. 



Currently:  Tort, Child Law, International Law, Work Based Learning for Academic Credit, Law Experiential, Supervising Dissertations

Previously:  Medical Law, Contract, European Union Law, Land Law, Business Law, Family Law, Insurance Law, American National Government


Previously: Contribution to HE7003 Designing and Evaluating for Teaching and Learning; Public International Law (MA International Relations)

Written:  Conflict of Laws (LLM Contemporary Legal Studies)


Current research interests:  Protection of cultural rights of native and aboriginal children; International Child Abduction; Internationalization of Higher Education; Harmonization of EU Family Law

Courses and Conferences

 Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference “Promoting Collaboration”, Presenter, 20-22 March 2016, School of Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle-on-Tyne

Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law, 29-30 March 2016, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA

American Society of International Law 110th Annual Meeting “Charting New Frontiers in International Law”, Participant, 30 March-3 April, 2016, Washington, DC, USA

Triennial Conference, International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice, “Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family”, Invited Presenter, 6-8 July 2016, King’s College, London

Children Law and Practice Conference, Participant, 10 November 2015, London

2nd Annual International Family Law and Practice Conference, 3-5 July, 2013, London Metropolitan University, London

The Paisley Snail International Conference, Participant, 25-26 May, 2012, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley

24th Annual Conference, Kapaonik School of Natural Law, Panelist, 8-11 December 2011, Kapaonik Mountain, Serbia

International Society of Family Law World Conference, Presenter, 19-23 July 2011, Lyon, France

Local Authority Childcare Conference, Participant, 13 July 2011, London

International Society of Family Law Caribbean Regional Conference, Presenter, 17-20 March 2011, Nassau, Bahamas

District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct Course, 15 August 2010, Washington, D.C., USA

4th International Plagiarism Conference, Participant, 21-23 June 2010, Northumbria University

Children Law and Practice Conference, Participant, 16 June 2010, London

Rome II Regulation on the Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations, Participant, 21 June 2008, Trinity College Dublin School of Law

International Society of Family Law European Regional Conference, Co-organiser, 17-21 July 2007, University of Chester Law School

5th Annual Conference on European Tort Law, Participant, 20-22 April 2006, Vienna, Austria

International Society of Family Law 12th World Conference, Presenter, 19-23 July 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

International Society of Family Law Regional Conference, Presenter, 18-22 July 2004. Beijing, China

Diverse Dialogues Across Europe: Humanities & Social Sciences Research Forum, Participant, 27-28 January 2005, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Xth General Meeting of the Common Core of European Private Law, Presenter, 8-10 July, 2004, Trento, Italy

International Society of Family Law European Regional Conference, Participant, 9-10 October, 2003, Tossa de Mar-Girona, Spain

Environmental Liability in the EU, Participant, September, 2003, University of Exeter and Academy of European Law

Published Work

Martha Hayes Sampson and Kathryn Dutton, “Consideration of Gender in Divorce Across Jurisdictions” Conference Publication of International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice  (Pending)

Martha Hayes Sampson, Cyprus Reporter, Brussels IIa Regulation Project, “Cross-Border Proceedings In Family Law Matters Before National Courts And CJEU” (2016) (Pending)

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘What does Cyprus hope to gain from EU Membership?’  in Opening Up European Law: The Common Core Project towards Eastern and South Eastern Europe, ed. by Mario Bussani and Ugo Mattei (Berne: Stämpfli Publishers Ltd., 2007) pp. 261-267.

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘Enforcement of Family Law Judgments in the European Union: Report for the Republic of Cyprus’, in Comparative study on enforcement procedures of family rights, T.M.C. Asser Instituut for the European Commission (JLS/C4/2005/06) (2006)

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘An Overview of Divorce Law in Cyprus: Modernization and Shortcomings’, Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, 17 (2005) 100-113.

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘International Law on the Environment’ in Key Issues Internationally: A Multidisciplinary Approach, ed. by Maria Krambia-Kapardis (Athens: Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, 2005) pp. 357-381.

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘Interpretation of the Article 13 Exceptions to Return Under the Child Abduction Convention: Are the Participating States Speaking with One Voice?’,  Revue Hellenique de Droit International, 54 (2001) 527-542.

Martha Hayes Sampson, ‘Preliminary Injunctions: Nature and Requirements of the Relief’ (Published in Greek) in Cyprus Legal Step (trans.), 13 (2001) 34-41.

Martha Sampson, ‘The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: Defences Against the Return of a Child’ in Coventry Law Journal6 (2001) 1-27.


Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia, USA (1991)

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia, USA (1978) magna cum laude

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia, USA (1976) cum laude

Professional and Other Qualifications

Practice License, District of Columbia Bar, Washington, DC, USA (1991-Present)   

Lawyer Apprenticeship Certificate, Supreme Court of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (1994)

Teaching License, West Virginia Board of Education, Charleston, West Virginia (1978-1984)

Teaching Practice Certificate of Achievement, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia (1981)

Greek Language and Culture, Beginning Certificate (Excellent), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (2001)

Greek Language and Culture, Intermediate Certificate (Average), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (2004)