Berfin Nur Osso

  • PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)

    00014 Helsinki



Research activity per year

Personal profile

Education information

• Doctor of Laws (LLD) candidate - Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 2020 - present. Supervisors: Prof Panu Minkkinen, Dr Päivi Neuvonen.

• Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) in International Relations and Political Science - Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, 2019.
Master's Thesis: Rethinking Rightlessness: The “Right to Have Rights” and the EU-Turkey Statement (Written in English, 121 pages, Grade: 5/5 - excellent)

• Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Minor degree in International Relations - Koç University Law School, Istanbul, 2017.

Description of research and teaching

Doctoral research:

Berfin's doctoral research project investigates the interplay between the externalization and internalization of migration management and the political agency of refugees in irregular circumstances (including asylum seekers), particularly within transit countries and border zones. This empirical socio-legal project employs a transdisciplinary perspective through combining law and social sciences with visual art. The project dissects migration management as a mutually constitutive process between borders and the struggles of refugees to be included in the destination states. Within this project, Osso conducts a case study on the border regimes produced through deportation and containment practices at the European Union's Greek-Turkish external border and the implications of these practices for refugees and their 'access'. In so doing, the project employs a range of qualitative methods, mainly content analysis and visual approaches, to develop a grounded theoretical-analytical framework with perspectives from critical border studies.

Teaching (master's and bachelor's levels):

POL.KV.333 Human Rights and Visual Arts: Migrants, Refugees, and Citizens (at Tampere University, Autumn 2023, part of the study module 'Peace and Conflict Research').

Guest lectures in LFC.POL.399 Master's Seminar and Thesis and POL.KV.242 Migration, Borders, and Security (at Tampere University, Spring–Autumn 2023).

Curriculum vitae

• Oct 2023–present: Teacher (part-time), Tampere University, Faculty of Management and Business.

• Oct 2021–Dec 2022: Project Researcher (part-time), University of Eastern Finland Law School. Supporting research work in the Academy of Finland funded projects under the supervision of Dr. Emilia Korkea-aho.

• Oct 2020–present: Research Assistant, Helsinki Socio-Legal Initiative (HSLI), Helsinki. Supporting Prof. Panu Minkkinen with teaching and research materials, as well as with the work and activities of the HSLI.

• Feb–May 2017: Research Assistant, Koç University Migration Research Center (MiReKoc), Istanbul. Research on the EU asylum policy and international migration.

• Jul–Sep 2016: Research Assistant, Institute of International Relations Prague: Research on international human rights law, international refugee law, EU law and policy on asylum.

• Sep–Dec 2014: Research Assistant, Koç University Law School, Istanbul: Research on private international law.

• 2014–2017: Student Tutor, Koç University Office of Learning & Teaching, Istanbul: Teaching support for International Law and Legal Writing courses.

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • Socio-legal studies
  • EU asylum law and policy
  • 5171 Political Science
  • Border studies
  • Political theory