Research Fellowship

Topic: Sustainability in International Law

Duration: December 2021 - August 2022

Where: World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), University of Bern, Switzerland


  • Organised a workshop on climate change, digitalisation and sustainability, which took place on 6 May 2022 with the Promotion of Young Researchers Fund from the University of Bern (CHF 5'000). For more information, view here

  • Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Refugees and Conflict, which is a specialty section on Frontiers in Human Dynamics and Frontiers in Political Science

  • Teaching and other outreach activities

  • Successfully applied for the Postdoc Mobility Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Official profiles:

  • World Trade Institute, available here

  • Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, available here

Main outputs:

  • Book: Aylin Yildiz Noorda, Good Business Gone Better: Understanding the Past, Present and Future of Sustainability (KDP 2022)

  • Blog post: Aylin Yildiz, 'Sustainable Finance: No Time to Rest on our ESG Journey' (Jindal Forum for International and Economic Laws , 12 April 2022)


Project: Framing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development as a Matter of Common Concern, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Duration: September 2017 - December 2021

Where: World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

Grant: Fully funded Ph.D. position by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Supervisors: SNSF Prof. Elisa Fornale and Dr. Nilüfer Oral

Primary Research: June - September 2018, fieldwork research in Fiji and Samoa, in-depth interviews with key experts on climate change, migration and disasters. Visiting researcher at the University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus)

Special Training: The Hague Winter Courses 2019 and 2020, The Hague Academy of International Law

Defence date: 6 December 2021

Official Link:

  • Research project, available here

Main Outputs:

  • Book: Aylin Yildiz Noorda, Climate Change, Disasters and People on the Move: Providing Protection under International Law (Brill 2022)

  • Journal Article: Aylin Yildiz, 'The Follow-up and Review Mechanisms of the Global Compacts: What Room Is There for Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change?' [2022] MDPI Special Issue: Rule of Law and Human Mobility in the Age of the Global Compacts


Ph.D. in Law (Doctoral degree in international law), 2017-2021

World Trade Institute, University of Bern

June-September 2018: Visiting researcher at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Fiji

Defence date: 6 December 2021, Diploma date: 16 December 2021

LL.B. eq. (Bachelor of laws equivalency degree in Turkish law), 2015-2016

University of Istanbul

LL.M. (Master of laws degree in international law), 2013-2014

University of Toronto

Recipient of the University of Toronto fellowship, grant in the amount of CAD 12'500

LL.B. Hons (Bachelor of laws honours degree in English law), 2010-2013

London School of Economics and Political Science

July 2012: Creative writing summer school at the University of Oxford

Professional Memberships

Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

International Law Association, 'ILA' (admission process ongoing)

Istanbul Bar (admitted in March 2018)

Gender Committee of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern (as of February 2019)

Emerging Scholars Network, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW (as of April 2021)

University of Toronto Alumni Association

LSE Alumni Association

Rotaract Bern

Previous Work Experience

  • Legal trainee at Istanbul Bar (commercial and corporate law)

  • Legal intern at Hatem Law Firm (litigation, maritime law, corporate law)

  • Legal intern at Taboglu Law Firm (corporate law, M&A, banking law)

  • Associate editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review Vol. 72

  • Volunteer student for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • Volunteer Turkish-English translator for Reprieve UK

  • Competing at the Model United Nations (MUN) and the European Youth Parliament (EYP) events


Turkish (Native), English (Near Native), German (B1 Level)

Year of Birth