Pelin Turan

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Pelin holds a law degree from Atilim University, from where she graduated with honors degree in 2011. Prior to pursuing her postgraduate studies, she worked as a lawyer, mainly on Intellectual Property Law and Labour Law related legal matters.

Due to her keen interest in the Intellectual Property Law, Pelin took the state exams to be qualified as a ‘Trademark and Patent Attorney’, and assumed both titles in 2014. She also served as an expert witness on various Intellectual Property Law cases at the Izmir Criminal Courts of First Instance, and the Investigation Bureau of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights of Izmir Public Prosecution.

Being a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship (funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for young professionals to pursue postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom), Pelin completed an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, and graduated with merit. Her LL.M dissertation concentration was the feasibility of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to achieve a legal framework to protect Traditional Knowledge under Intellectual Property Law.

Pelin joined the Department of Legal Studies as an SJD student in the International Business Law (IBL) stream in 2017. Her doctoral research aspires to find alternative solutions to how Intellectual Property protection of Traditional Knowledge can be conceptualized and organized in a manner that optimizes human rights protection, particularly, the prohibition of discrimination.


LL.M in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Trademark & Patent Attorney, Turkey
Attorney at Law, Izmir Bar Association, Izmir, Turkey
LL.B in Law, Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey