Research Area: Mobilizing Human Rights Strategies

Dilek Kurban is a Fellow and Lecturer at the Hertie School. Her research interests include legal mobilisation, supranational courts, the European Court of Human Rights, judicial politics in authoritarian regimes, minority rights, forced displacement and state violence in politico-ethnic conflicts, with a specialisation in Turkey. Between 2012 and 2019, she was the Turkey expert of the European Commission’s Network of Independent Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field. Before joining the Hertie School, Dilek was the Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Director of the Democratization Program at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). Kurban received her PhD in Law from Maastricht University in 2018 and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2004. Her PhD dissertation received the national Erasmus Dissertation Prize 2019 in the Netherlands.

Select Publications:

The Authoritarian Slide, Large-Scale Violations and the Limits of the European Court of Human Rights”, in The European Court of Human Rights: Current Challenges in Historical and Comparative Perspective, eds H.P. Aust and E. Demir-Gürsel. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021.

Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Forsaking Individual Justice: The Implications of the European Court of Human Rights Pilot Judgment Procedure for Victims of Gross and Systematic Violations. Human Rights Law Review (2016) 16:4, 731-769.