Ms Aylin Yildiz

    PhD candidate, CLI_M_CO2


    Aylin Yildiz joined the World Trade Institute, University of Bern in September 2017 as a PhD candidate in law. Her PhD thesis is conceptualising environmentally-induced migration as a common concern of humankind and takes stock of the legal instruments in the fields of international migration/trade/environmental law. Her thesis also involves a case study of the legal frameworks available in Fiji and Samoa. Her main supervisor is Prof. Elisa Fornalé (SNSF Professor at the WTI, University of Bern) and her second supervisor is Dr. Nilüfer Oral (Director of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore and UN ILC Member). Her PhD is produced as a part of the CLI_M_CO2 project and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

    Aylin has a Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLB Hons) degree in English law from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK). She completed her Master of Laws (LLM) degree in international law and legal theory at the University of Toronto in Ontario (Canada). She was awarded the University of Toronto Fellowship due to her previous academic achievements, which provided funding for her Master’s degree. Afterwards, she completed a Bachelor of Laws equivalency degree in Turkish law at Istanbul University (Turkey). She was admitted to the Istanbul Bar in 2017.

    Aiming to expand her research interests, Aylin has successfully undertaken the Winter Courses at the Hague Academy of International Law (2019 and 2020) and presented at conferences including at the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), University of the South Pacific (Fiji), and Max Planck Institute for Human Development. She has also been assisting Prof. Elisa Fornalé in her work as the Gender Coordinator of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. She is passionate about legal research and public policy, especially in the fields of environment, migration, human rights and gender, with a growing interest in outer space and deep seabed legal regimes.

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