Bio

Photography by David Elmes.

I work at the Global Governance Center at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. I am the Principal Investigator for Testing the Focal Point Theory of International Adjudication: An Empirical Analysis of the ICJ’s Impact on Maritime Delimitation project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. I am also the Postdoctoral Researcher for the Paths of International Law: Stability and Change in the International Legal Order (PATHS) project, funded by the European Research Council.

Recently, I have been appointed as a member of the Expert Group for the Implementation of the EU’s Anti-Torture Regulation (Regulation 2019/125) for the European Commission’s Foreign Policy Instruments (2021-2023).

I hold a PhD in International Relations with a Minor in International Law (summa cum laude with distinction) from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I conduct interdisciplinary research on international relations and international law, and specialize in international courts, human rights, and ocean governance. My research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Doc CH, Early Postdoc Mobility, and Spark grants.

Prior to joining the PATHS team, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  In addition, I spent some time as a Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM, Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna.

You can see me discuss my career trajectory and work in the following  EJIL:Live interview with Sarah Nouwen, Editor in Chief of European Journal of International Law.

You can also find me at Scholars Strategy Network, LinkedIn, ResearchGate and on Twitter: @ezgiyyildiz   

You can hear me talk about my background and career trajectory at #Our_Racism podcast (3 March 2021).