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Dilek Kurban

Max Weber Fellow

Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

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Dilek Kurban

Max Weber Fellow

Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

Biography

Dilek Kurban obtained her PhD from Maastricht University Faculty of Law. She also holds a JD from Columbia Law School and an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She obtained her BA in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Dilek’s PhD dissertation received the Erasmus Prize 2019 in the Netherlands and was published as a monograph with the title Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict (CUP, 2020). The book has been awarded a Special Mention by the 2021 International Society of Public Law (ICON.S) Book Prize Committee.

Dilek’s research interests are regional human rights courts, state violence, legal mobilization and judicial politics, with a particular focus on authoritarian regimes and a regional focus on Turkey. Her research has also been published in edited volumes and in peer-reviewed journals, including Human Rights Law Review and Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Her research received funding from Columbia University, the European Commission (the Marie Curie and FP programs) and Mercator Stiftung. During 2012-2019, as the Turkey expert of the Network of Independent Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field, she reported to the European Commission. Prior to joining the EUI, Dilek was a lecturer and fellow at the Hertie School in Berlin.

Before transitioning to academia, during 2005-2013, Dilek engaged in policy-oriented research at the Istanbul-based Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, most recently as the Director of its Democratization Program. During the same period, she wrote regular columns in Turkey’s leading newspapers and frequently appeared on international media to discuss her research and to comment on human rights and democratization in Turkey. Earlier in her career, she worked as an Associate Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York.

Dilek has taught undergraduate courses on law and sociology at Boğaziçi University and master level courses on international law, and law and governance at the Hertie School.

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