Transitional Justice Scholar (email)
Duru Yavan received her undergraduate degree from Galatasaray University in Istanbul in 2014. She continued her studies with an International Human Rights Law LLM program at Istanbul Bilgi University. In addition to her studies in Istanbul, she studied as an exchange student in Montpellier Université I for one semester. After completing law school she was admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association in 2015 as an Attorney-at-Law in Turkey. Thereafter she worked as a project assistant at the Legal Studies Program of Truth Justice and Memory Center (Hakikat Adalet ve Hafıza Merkezi), an independent human rights organization focusing, inter alia, on transitional justice in Turkey. There, she collected and analyzed judicial data about human rights violations, most notably enforced disappearances committed by state officials against the Kurds in the 1990s. She also worked within the same organization at Perpetrators Not-Unknown Project (Faili Belli) as a trial observer. She also worked for seven months at Kadir Has University, Law Faculty, Turkey as a teaching and research assistant at the Public International Law Department. Her aspiration is to focus on transitional justice with an interdisciplinary approach and to contribute to peace processes, starting with her home country.