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Ozan Kamiloğlu



Dr. Kamiloglu joined to Department of Law in 2020, and he specialises in effects of social movements on law and understanding of legality. Previously he worked in Universities of Essex, SOAS and Birkbeck College where he had gained his PhD degree in Law.

Dr. Kamiloglu teaches Public and EU Law and International Human Rights & Development and International Law and Human Rights. Previously at various other institutions he has been teaching Public International Law, Public Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law and Legal Theory modules and he has designed modules on social movements and human rights. He is also an Associate Fellow recognition by the Higher Education Association of the UK.

There are two separate but linked areas of Dr. Kamiloglu’s research.

In the first path, he looks at human rights activists from the Global South, their understanding of human rights discourses in various countries, how discourses of HR travel through International Law, INGOs, NGOs and finally society. Concepts of violence, utopias, formation of ideologies and its aesthetics, neoliberalism plays an important role in his research.

In the second path, he works on the concept of ‘right to the city’ with local focus. Here, he thinks on the relation between human rights and the global economy in the Global South. This area of research covers the relation between austerity programmes, economic policies and the concept of rights. Consequently, he tries to analyse complex relation between current global economic model and rights discourse.

Thesis: “Human Rights from Below: Neutrality, the Subject, and the Revolutionaries” (2019)

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters:

  • Cusato, Eliana and Casla, Koldo and Fagan, Andrew and Jones, Emily and Kamiloglu, Ozan 'Some Conceptual Framings: A Discussion.' In: Ferstman, Carla and Fagan, Andrew, (eds.) Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre (2020)
  • Politics of neutrality, human rights and armed struggles: The Turkey example” in Human Rights as Battlefields: Changing Practices and Contestations.” (Blouin-Genest, Doran & Paquerot, Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2018.
  • “Rethinking political violence, memory and law”, London Journal in Critical Thought, with F. Rossi, June 2017, LJCT Volume 1 Issue 2.
  • Fanaticism, Politics and the Subject of Justice, Interview with Alberto Toscano, Birkbeck Law Review, ISSN: 2052-1308, April 2015.
  • “Enlightenment, Confrontation and Pasolini”, (Editors: Elisa Contu, Angela Guerrieri, Giovanni Romano) Rileggendo Pasolini Il diritto dopo la scomparsa delle lucciole. Atti di convegno, Perugia 15–18 luglio 2015, Volume 2
  • Bruno Latour, Law And International Justice - An Interview With Dr Kirsten Campbell, with N. Hughes, J. Sandhar, Birkbeck Law Review, ISSN: 2052-1308 April, 2014.
  • Interview with Laura Mulvey, Sinecine – Journal of Film Studies, ISSN: 1309-5838 2014/2 October 2014.

Other texts:

  • On  Equality and Childbirth, Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics, March 13, 2016.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: the Paris Attacks and the Construction of Infinite Evil, Critical Legal Thinking, 9 December 2015.
  • Hegel's Mate of Neoliberalism - Interview with Costas Douzinas, PostExpress, May 15, 2013.
  • Interview with Étienne Balibar, PostExpress, December 2013.
  • Turchia: tabacchici Tekel in agitazione, Il Manifesto, February 5, 2010


  • Gramsci'ye Farklı Yaklaşımlar, (English to Turkish), Anne Showstack Sassoon, Dipnot Kitabevi, 2012. p.280
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Founder and trustee, Centre for Democracy and Peace Research, a non-profit organisation for supporting and promoting academic freedom and critical knowledge production in Turkey.

Advisory Board Member, Izmir Centre for Right to the City.

Journal referee for: Law & Critique (Springer)

Member of The Society of Legal Scholars and Socio-Legal Studies Association

From 2015 – Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in Law in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Founder and trustee, Centre for Democracy and Peace Research, a non-profit organisation for supporting and promoting academic freedom and critical knowledge production in Turkey and Advisory Board Member, Izmir Centre for Right to the City. In addition to this Dr Kamiloglu has organised many conferences some of which are:

09.2019 Co-Organised Stream: Towards the abolition and realisation of the Critical Law School?, Critical Legal Conference, University of Perugia

06.2019 Organizing Collective Member, London Conference in Critical Thought, University of Westminster.

04.2017 Organizing Committee Member, Academic Freedom, Authoritarianism and Turkey Conference, Birkbeck College, London.

06.2017 Organizing Collective Member, London Conference in Critical Thought, London South Bank University.

09.2016 Organised Stream: Responses to loss of the political: Intellectuals, Humanitarians and the Revolutionaries, Critical Legal Conference, University of Kent.

06.2016 Co-Organised Stream: “Objects of memory and rituals of memorialisation as fields of struggle”,London Conference in Critical Thought, stream organised with Federica Rossi, conference organised with the LCCT collective, Birkbeck College.

06.2016 Co-Organised Conference: Law and Images II: Images of Nation State, with Kanika Sharma, Birkbeck College.

06.2015 Co-Organised Conference: Law and Images: Picturing a Theory, with Kanika Sharma and Marcus de Matos, Birkbeck College.

10.2014 Organising Committee Member: Privacy and Surveillance, with Birkbeck Law Review team, Birkbeck College.