Pelin Turan

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Pelin Turan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Scuola Superiora Sant’Anna, Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) and Lider-Lab.

Pelin holds a PhD in International Business Law from Central European University for her doctoral dissertation, entitled ‘Gazing at Intellectual Property Law through the Lens of Critical Race Theory: The Interplay of Race, Power, and Intellectual Property Law’. She conducted part of her doctoral research as a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. She holds an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh. Her master’s studies in the UK were funded by the Chevening Scholarship.

Pelin’s academic research is centered around social justice issues within the (international) intellectual property law domain. She focuses mainly on the interaction of intellectual property rights with human rights, often by adopting critical approaches to intellectual property law, particularly to copyright.

Before joining DIRPOLIS and Lider-Lab in January 2022, Pelin has designed and taught the ‘Critical Perspectives to International Human Rights Law’ course at Central European University within the framework of the Roma Access Program in the 2018-19, 2020-21, and 2021-22 academic years. She was also invited as a guest lecturer by the Department of Legal Studies to lecture on the intersection of human rights, corporate activities, and intellectual property rights.

Pelin is a qualified attorney at law enrolled at the Izmir Bar Association (Izmir, Turkey) since 2012, and she was certified as a trademark and patent attorney by the Turkish Patent Institute in 2014.