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Prof Kadriye Bakirci

Fellow, Visiting Fellow

Head of Labour and Social Security Law Division, Hacettepe University

BA in Law, MA and PhD (University of Istanbul)

Professor Kadriye Bakirci is the head of the employment and social security law division at Hacettepe University Law Faculty in Turkey. She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey since 2021. Currently she is a visiting academic at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and a visiting fellow at Kellogg College.

She received her LLB, LLM and PhD degrees from Istanbul University Faculty of Law. She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London University), the London School of Economics and Political Science Law Department, Cambridge University Faculty of Law, Stockholm University Faculty of Law, Columbia University Faculty of Law, Lund University Faculty of Economics and Management, and the International Labour Organisation (Geneva).

Her areas of expertise include comparative employment and social security law, business and human rights, new technologies/digitalisation and the law, gender equality and non-discrimination law, human rights of working children, occupational health and safety. She has various national and international books, reports, articles published. Her publications have led to changes in Turkish legislation. She has received a number of grants/funds for her research. She has participated in more than twenty projects funded by the UN, UNICEF, ILO, COE and EU.

She is a national expert for Turkey of the EELN and the ELLN. She is a member of various scientific organisations and human rights and women’s rights groups. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Studies Centre in Science, Engineering and Technology of Istanbul Technical University. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Studies Research and Application Centre of Hacettepe University between 2012-2021. She was a member of the Women’s Employment Coordination and Monitoring Board of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of Turkey in 2016. She was a member of the Human Rights Board of Governance of Istanbul and the Human Rights Board of the District of Beyoglu (Istanbul) between 2003-2010. When she was an elected representative of the Istanbul Technical University’s research assistants group, her initiatives led to female students to enter the Maritime Faculty of ITU for the first time in 1999 since the Faculty’s establishment in 1884. She received a plaque of honour from Ankara Bar Association for her contribution to the women’s human rights in 2019.

She worked for the Turkish Prime Minister’s office as a draft legislator on the Public Workers Act in 2003; and for the Ministry of Justice as a draft legislator on the Victim’s Rights Regulation in 2016-2018. She has been taking various administrative positions and board memberships since 1998 at the Universities she has worked.