Current Work

After her Ph.D. defence on 6 December 2021, Aylin subsequently became a research fellow at the World Trade Institute and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research of the University of Bern.

Her profile at the World Trade Institute is available here.

Her profile at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research is available here.

Some of her ongoing projects:

-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.

-Assisting the work of the United Nations International Law Commission Study Group on Sea-level Rise in Relation to International Law in preparing the issues paper on the protection of persons in the context of sea-level rise at the United Nations.

-Organising a workshop on climate change, digitalisation and sustainability, which will be held on 6 May 2022 with the Promotion of Young Researchers Fund from the University of Bern (CHF 5'000). For more information, view here.

Ph.D. Work

From September 2017 until December 2021, she worked as a doctoral candidate for the research project titled 'Framing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development as a Matter of Common Concern'. The project was led by SNSF Prof. Elisa Fornale, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and undertaken at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.

She was responsible for preparing her Ph.D. thesis (monograph); contributing to the organisation of workshops and conferences; creating and updating the content of the official webpage of the project; preparing monthly newsletters; and assisting the preparation of annual reports to the funding organisation as well as new research proposals for distinguished grants.

Her research adopted a case study of the Pacific Small Island States. She undertook fieldwork research in Fiji and Samoa for three months (June - September 2018). During this period, she was a visiting researcher at the University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus). She interviewed experts working in international, regional and local organisations about environmental migration and displacement.

From 2019 onwards, Dr. Nilüfer Oral (Director of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore and Member of the United Nations International Law Commission) supported her Ph.D. thesis and research as her second supervisor.

Aylin defended her Ph.D. thesis on 6 December 2021.

The official webpage of her research project is available here.

Her profile at the World Trade Institute is available here.


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

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

Further Qualifications

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

Writing Policy Briefs, training offered by Foraus (2018) (costs of the training and accommodation were covered by Foraus due to her successful application in the relevant competition)

Doctoral Programme of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern (2017-2021), which required successful colloquia presentations, participation in interdisciplinary seminar series, and successful completion of courses such as scientific writing, State responsibility and treaty interpretation. The Director of Studies, Prof. Peter van den Bossche, oversaw the programme.

Previous Work Experience

Before moving to Switzerland, she undertook her one year-long mandatory traineeship and successfully completed the examinations to qualify for the Istanbul Bar. She was admitted to the Bar in March 2018.

Previously, she was a legal intern at Taboglu Law Firm and then at Hatem Law Firm in Istanbul. She worked mainly in corporate law (M&A) and litigation (maritime disputes).

In 2014, she was working as an associate editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review Vol. 72. Alongside fellow editors, she reviewed and edited academic articles in terms of technical information, language, strength of the arguments, novelty and appropriateness of citations and references.

Her previous experiences as an undergraduate student include volunteering for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, working as a Turkish-English legal translator for Reprieve UK, and competing in the Model United Nations (MUN) as well as the European Youth Parliament (EYP).


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

Year of Birth