Tutku Bektas

Transitional Justice Scholar (email)

Tutku Bektas holds a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford,  where she was the only recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship for academic excellence. During her studies, she served as the undergraduate President of Exeter College and the Vice President of the largest charity in Oxford, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in her tenure.

Prior to pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies, Tutku undertook her Bar training in London as an Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple. She completed legal placements at the Bar, where she drafted a communication to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); an experience which affirmed her desire to work for international organizations to promote human rights in countries affected by political chaos and terrorism.

Her academic interests center on topics that entail legal, moral and political dimensions of the application of human rights. Having previously served as a conference rapporteur for the Franco-British Council and spoke at `Magna Carta Rights’ conference in the University of Francois-Rabelais, she appreciates legal scholarship as a powerful medium for addressing human rights violations and looks forward to contributing to scholarship in the field of transitional justice.