Filiz Kahraman

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UTSC;
Affiliated Faculty Member, CERES


room 120N, 1 Devonshire Place


Filiz Kahraman is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates law and politics from international and comparative perspectives. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining why labor activists in Europe pursue human rights law as a new mobilization strategy and how international law has affected the lives of aggrieved workers on the ground.

Before joining the University of Toronto, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. Her commentary on current human rights issues and the political crisis in Europe and Turkey has appeared in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, openDemocracy, and Bianet (in Turkish).


B.A. Bogazici University, Turkey
M.A. University of Washington
Ph.D. University of Washington

Research Interests

Comparative law and social movements
International law and courts
Human rights
Labor politics
European politics
Social movements

Awards and Distinctions

National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2014-2015
SSHRC, Partnership Development Grant (co-applicant), 2019-2022
Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation, International Studies Association, Human Rights Section, 2019

Selected Publications

“Hybrid Liberal/Authoritarian Legal Regimes: Comparative Implications for Legal Mobilization.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Co-authored with Michael McCann. (Forthcoming 2019).

“The European Court of Human Rights: Towards a Holistic Approach to Human Rights” in The Institutions of Human Rights: Developments and Practices. Eds. Susan Kang and Gord DiGiacomo. University of Toronto Press. 2019.

“A New Era for Labor Activism? Strategic Mobilization of Human Rights against Blacklisting.” Law & Social Inquiry. ( (2017).

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