Pelin Turan

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Pelin Turan is a qualified lawyer registered to the Izmir Bar and the Turkish Bars Association; she is also qualified as a trademark and patent attorney in Turkey.

Pelin obtained her LL.B. degree from Atilim University, Faculty of Law in 2011; she was awarded with Honor’s degree, and she graduated among the top 1% of the class of 2007-2011. Upon the completion of her legal internship, Pelin was admitted to the Izmir Bar in July 2012.

Before joining academia, Pelin worked as an attorney at law, mainly in the fields of Contract Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Additionally, Pelin holds professional experience in the public sector, due to contributing in the public prosecution process as an expert in Intellectual Property Law. She provided the Public Prosecutor’s Office with her expert opinion on copyright and trademark laws in over 80 cases.

Due to her keen interest in Intellectual Property Law, Pelin attended the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law program at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Her studies at the University of Edinburgh were funded by the Chevening Scholarship and her master’s thesis was awarded with Merit.

Pelin pursues her career in legal academia as an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) candidate at the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University (CEU). Continuing her work in the Intellectual Property Law domain, Pelin adopts a postmodern approach to the international copyright and trademark regimes for her doctoral thesis. She investigates the ostensibly neutral and objective construct of international copyright and trademark regimes through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT).


* Teaching Assistant | Department of Legal Studies, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
* Visiting Scholar | Columbia Law School (New York City, New York, USA)
* Graduate Teaching Assistant | Romani Studies Program, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
* LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law | University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)
* Trademark & Patent Attorney | Turkish Patent Institute (Turkey)
* Attorney at Law | Izmir Bar & Turkish Bars Association (Turkey)
* Legal Intern | Koklu Law Office & Izmir Bar (Izmir, Turkey)
* LL.B. in Law | Atilim University (Ankara, Turkey)