Ezgi Yildiz

Website: https://www.ezgiyildiz.com

Email: Ezgi.Yildiz@csulb.edu

Ezgi Yildiz

I am an Assistant Professor of International Relations at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and a research affiliate at the Global Governance Center of the Geneva Graduate Institute (Switzerland). I am also the Model United Nations (MUN) Director at the CSULB.

My research is interdisciplinary, at the intersection of International Relations and International Law. My areas of specialization include global governance, international courts and organizations, human rights, and ocean governance.

Between 2018 and 2023, I worked as a senior researcher for the Paths of International Law: Stability and Change in the International Legal Order (PATHS) project, financed by the European Research Council. In 2020-2021, I led the Testing the Focal Point Theory of International Adjudication: An Empirical Analysis of the ICJ’s Impact on Maritime Delimitation project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School (2017-2019) and a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2017).

Currently, I am serving as a member of the Expert Group for the Implementation of the EU’s Anti-Torture Regulation (Regulation 2019/125) for the European Commission’s Foreign Policy Instruments. I was also recently elected as a member of the Coordinating Committee (section co-chair) of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)’s Interest Group on Social Sciences and International Law (2023-2025).




Between Forbearance and Audacity: The European Court of Human Rights and the Norm Against Torture (November 2023) Cambridge University Press (open access)

The Many Paths of Change in International Law (November 2023) Oxford University Press (open access)

Change in International Law: Paths, Processes, Power (forthcoming) Oxford University Press) (with Nico Krisch and Pedro Martinez Esponda).

Journal Articles

Limits of Behavioral Approaches: Lessons from the Field of Maritime Boundary Making,” (2022) German Law Journal, 23 (3): 413-430 (open access) (with Umut Yüksel)

“A Court with Many Faces: Judicial Characters and Modes of Norm Development in the European Court,” (2020) European Journal of International Law, 31(1): 73–99 (open access)

“Enduring Practices in Changing Circumstances: A Comparison of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” (2020) Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, 34(2): 309-338 (open access)

“Revamping to Remain Relevant: How Do European and Inter-American Human Rights Systems Adapt to Challenges?” (2020) Journal of Human Rights Practice, 12(3): 768–780 (with Isabela Gerbelli Garbin Ramanzini)

“Judicial Creativity in the Making: The Pilot Judgment Procedure a Decade After Its Inception,” (2015) Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law 8(1): 81-102 (open access)

Book Chapters

“Extraterritoriality Reconsidered: Functional Boundaries as Repositories of Sovereignty and Jurisdiction,” (2022) in The Making of iCourts: New Interdisciplinary Legal Research, eds. Henrik Palmer Olsen and Henrik Stampe Lund (Nomos), pp. 357-372 (open access)

“Understanding the Interpretative Evolution of the Norm Prohibiting Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment under the European Convention,” (2022) in Language and Legal Interpretation in International Law, eds. Anne Lise Kjær and Joanna Lam (Oxford University Press), pp. 295-314

“Extraterritoriality Reconsidered: Functional Boundaries as Repositories of Sovereignty and Jurisdiction,” (2019) in The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics, eds. Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala (Routledge), pp. 215-227