SNSF POSTDOC MOBILITY GRANT

Aylin's research project titled 'Shifting Seas, Shifting People: Studying International Protection in the Context of Sea-level Rise as an Obligation Erga Omnes' was granted two-year postdoctoral funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation (CHF 104'000 in total) in 2022.

PROMOTION OF YOUNG RESEARCHERS FUND, UNIVERSITY OF BERN

In December 2021, Aylin was awarded CHF 5'000 to organise a workshop titled 'Linking Climate Change, Digitalisation and Sustainability: Turning Foresights into Action in Times of Crisis'. The event took place on 6 May 2022. You can find the final programme here.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR THE 79TH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL LAW ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN KYOTO, JAPAN (ONLINE)

From the 29th of November to the 13th of December 2020, she attended the conference as an ILA Scholar. She participated in the sessions of the committees, study groups, and the panels, as well as the opening and closing plenaries.

Her application was ranked top three by the ILA Scholarship Selection Committee and she was invited to make a five-minute speech at the Closing Plenary of the Conference.

Furthermore, she was invited by the Chair of the Study Group on the Cross-Border Violations of the Rights of Children in Migration, Enforcement Mechanisms and Legal Remedies, Prof. Warren Binford, to make a contribution to their work.

See here the official tweet of the ILA.

See here the official tweet of Prof. Ton Liefaard, member of the Study Group.

RUNNER-UP AWARDS IN 'BEST NEGOTIATION' AND 'BEST WRITTEN ADVICE' CATEGORIES BY THE HAGUE ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

Due to their performance in the January 2020 'Hours of Crisis' competition, her five-member team, named 'Grotius Busters', was awarded at the closing ceremony of the Winter Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law by its Secretary-General Jean-Marc Thouvenin.

The 'Hours of Crisis' is a 10-hour competition in which a major international crisis is simulated. Competing teams, representing governments, businesses and individuals, are given the challenge of dealing with a number of legal issues pertaining to private international law and public international law.

The January 2020 competition revolved around the sovereignty claims of State A for a rock lying just within its Exclusive Economic Zone, which State A had converted into a habitable island. The tasks given to competing teams included: defending the sovereignty claims and fishing rights of State A against other states and companies; written and oral defences of a state's senior officials seeking diplomatic protection in the embassy of another state; preparation of a UN Security Council Resolution and negotiation of the resolution at a meeting of the Security Council.

DISTINCTION AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF 'OBJECT OF STUDY' BY THE SWISS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

In the 2019 Scientific Image Competition, her research project led by Prof. Elisa Fornale was awarded. Prof. Fornale took the photo of the 'protective wall' built in Kiribati. Kiribati is a low-lying island country facing imminent threat of being submerged underwater due to the rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

An official award ceremony was held on 15 May 2019 during the Biel Festival of Photography, where the winning works were exhibited. The winning photographs and all other entries were also shown in several exhibitions, including the Zurich Film Festival.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FELLOWSHIP

In 2013, due to her academic achievements, she was awarded the University of Toronto Fellowship, which was a grant in the amount of CAD 12'500. This fellowship provided partial funding for her LL.M. degree at the University of Toronto.

During her LL.M., she was also an associate editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review Vol. 72 (2014), which is available here.