Focusing on detention of minors in Turkey and the UK, Pinar analyses potential domestic and international dynamics influencing immigration law.
PhD Thesis Title: Detention of minors in the United Kingdom and Turkey as an immigration policy: Application of Human Rights Compliance Theory in Case Studies
Affiliation: International Law and Affairs Group
Pinar's PhD examines the drivers behind the steps towards compliance to the international human rights standards for detention of minors in Turkey and the UK. The thesis applies one of the well-known human rights compliance theories to the case studies in order to read the developments through the lenses of a theory and will draw conclusions on any applicability. Pinar received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogaziçi University, Istanbul. She was awarded an LLM in International Human Rights Law by University of Essex, Colchester. In her LLM dissertation, she explored the discrimination against the Eastern European migrant workers in the UK during their employment.
She is currently working part-time as Turkey Programme Assistant at Minority Rights Group International. Since 2014, she has worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Constitutional and Administrative Law module at City Law School. She worked with Tawhida Ahmed as her research assistant on Minority Rights Project between July 2015 and January 2016. Her previous professional experience also includes 2 years work experience as Democratization Program Coordinator at Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), a renowned think-tank in Turkey. She has worked on the issue areas of the new constitutional process of Turkey, minority rights and religion-state-society relations at TESEV. She had a six-month internship at Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a non-governmental organisation which works with refugees in Turkey.
Pinar's main interests are immigration studies and international human rights law, with a focus on irregular migration and economic, social and cultural rights. Her further interests are minority rights, child law, anti-discrimination and equality.
- Presentation: “Detention of minors in the United Kingdom and Turkey as an immigration policy: Assessing Predictive Value of Human Rights Compliance Theory”, 2nd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies, October 2015, University of Cambridge, UK
- Presentation: “Detention of minors in the United Kingdom and Turkey as an immigration policy: Assessing Predictive Value of Human Rights Compliance Theory”, The City Law School PhD Forum, May 2015, City University London, UK
- Presentation: "Detention of minors in the UK and Turkey as an immigration policy: Problems and Alternatives", Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities, May 2014, Regent’s University London, UK
- Presentation: "Detention of minors in the UK and Turkey as an immigration policy: Problems and Alternatives", Newcastle Law School PGR Conference, April 2014, Newcastle University, UK
- Presentation: "Youth Disenfranchisement", Young Leaders Forum, March 2013, McGill University, Montreal