Photography by David Elmes.

I am an Assistant Professor of International Relations at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I am also a research affiliate at the Global Governance Center at the Geneva Graduate Institute, where I used to work for the Paths of International Law: Stability and Change in the International Legal Order (PATHS) project, funded by the European Research Council. Previously, I led the 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 serve 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 was also recently elected as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)’s Interest Group on Social Sciences and International Law.

I hold a Ph.D. in International Relations with a Minor in International Law (summa cum laude avec félicitations du jury) from the Geneva Graduate Institute. 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.

Previously, 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 the European Journal of International Law (10 August 2020).

You can also find me on AcademiaNet, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and on Twitter: @ezgiyyildiz   

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