Özlem’s PhD is part of “Transnationalism from above and below: Migration management and how migrants manage” (MIGMA), a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. Taking the EU Return Directive as a starting point and frame, and using return to Turkey as a case, Özlem analyses the lawfulness of returning irregular migrants by force to transit countries.
Özlem grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from Galatasaray University, Turkey, and did her Master of Laws (LL.M.) as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, USA. Özlem is qualified as a lawyer in Turkey, England and the USA, and has practiced law at international law firms in Istanbul and London.