Ezgi Yildiz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carr Center, where she is affiliated with the Costs and Consequences of Torture Project. She holds a PhD in International Relations with a Minor in International Law (summa cum laude with distinction) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She conducts interdisciplinary research on international relations and international law, and specializes in international courts and human rights with a focus on the European Court of Human Rights, and the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment. Her research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Doc CH and Early Postdoc Mobility grants.
From September to December 2016, she was postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM, Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, Austria. Prior to this, she was a visiting doctoral researcher the Center of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERI) at Sciences-Po Paris in France.
She also worked as a researcher at the Humanitarian Policy Section of the Office of Emergency Programs for UNICEF, and the Early Warning and Information Support Unit at Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
During her time at Harvard, Dr. Yildiz will be conducting research on the prohibition on torture and a comparative project investigating how the institutional practices of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights shape international human rights norms.