Başak Çalı is Professor in International Law at Koç University Law School. and Hertie School of Governance She holds a BA in International Relations from Ankara University Faculty of Political Science, an MA in International Peacekeeping from interdisciplinary Government-Law Programme from the University of Essex and a PhD in Laws from the University of Essex Law School specialising in international law. She was the Rubin Human Rights Fellow at UCL between 2002-2004, a lecturer in human rights at the Department of Political Science at UCL between 2004-2010 and senior lecturer (associate professor) at the same university between 2010-2013. Between 2010-2013 she was also the director of the MA in Human Rights at UCL. She held visiting posts at the University of Essex Law School, UN University for Peace, Costa Rica and at the Oxford University International Human Rights Law summer school. In 2002 she become a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and trained judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and polie officers on the ECHR in Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Armenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Georgia, Serbia and Turkey over a decade. She has also been involved in trainings on international human rights law for armed forces under the auspices of NATO. In 2014 she was elected as a board member of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and became the society’s secretary-general in April 2015.
Dr. Çalı, is a fellow of the Essex Human Rights Centre, founding director of Judgment Watch, founding co-chair of the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law, academic advisory member of Universal Rights Group and an advisory member of the Turkey Joint Human Rights Platform’s ECHR Judgment Implementation Project.
Her key areas of research interests include general international law and its theoretical foundations, international law of armed conflict and peacekeeping, international human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights and its jurisprudence, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, comparative human rights law, implementation of human rights judgments, the relationship between international law and domestic law, human rights in Turkey, Europe and in the GCC states, qualitative empirical legal studies, law and sociology, law and anthropology, law and politics and legal research methods. Her research in these fields have been published in numerous international journals and have been supported by research funding agencies including the UK Economic Social Research Council, the Qatar National Fund for Research and the British Academy.