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I am a Teaching Fellow at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

I completed my PhD at the University of Sussex in 2019, which analysed the Istanbul Convention from a radical feminist perspective, particularly in the light of the dominance theory developed by Catherine A. MacKinnon. I obtained my LLB (2011) at the Eskişehir Anadolu University and LLM (2014) in International Human Rights Law at the Queen Mary University of London with the best student award in the specialisation unit.

Research Interests

  • International human rights law
  • Criminal justice and human rights
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and jurisprudence
  • Gender-based violence against women

I have recently published on the application of the Istanbul Convention on cyber-violence against women. I am also the main editor of the book ‘Towards Gender Equality in Law: An Analysis of State Failures from a Global Perspective’ which is recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book maps out states’ failures in their legal systems and addresses whether there are any similarities/patterns in how these states define and utilise policies and laws that harm gender equality.

I recently contributed as an expert to the study ‘Analysing Legislation of the EU Member States related to Violence against Women and Domestic Violence’ conducted by the European Parliament FEMM Committee.

Teaching & Administrative Responsibilities

I am committed to the promotion of globalisation in education, widening participation and the expansion of solidarity between early career researchers. I am the Study Abroad Coordinator and one of the reps of the Early Career Academics (ECA) group at the SCCJ.

My teaching is defined by critical pedagogy and an interdisciplinary approach. I design and deliver lectures and seminars which examine the interconnection between international laws and criminology. I am coordinating the ‘Criminal Justice and Human Rights’ and ‘Comparative Criminal Justice’ modules.

Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I taught law and criminology modules at the University of Sussex for four years. I am also a Guest Lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law where I coordinate the MSc ‘International Criminal Law’ module.

PhD Research Supervision

I am open to supervising students in the field of violence against women, human rights law and feminist theory.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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