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Isilay Taban is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Brighton (2021-), having previously been a Doctoral Tutor at the University of Sussex (2017-2021). She holds both her PhD and LLM in International Law from Sussex. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is in the process of completing the PGCert Academic Practice Course to become a Fellow.

Research interests

Her research lies at the cross-roads of human rights, minority rights and refugee law and specifically focuses on the protection of refugees who were persons belonging to minorities in their country of origin and have been forced to seek refuge in Europe as a result of humanitarian crises. In her work, she examines the existing frameworks within international human rights law in order to pinpoint the most effective means of preserving these individuals’ cultural identity.

Isilay’s previous work has also focused on the overlap between minority rights, migration and diversity management. Isilay’s current research focuses on how minority-refugees’ status as both persons belonging to minorities and refugees intersect to create an experience distinct from that of refugees who belong to the majority in their home States. She is also working on a paper examining the extent to which minority rights have been mainstreamed within UN practice.

Supervisory Interests

Isilay is willing to supervise PhD researchers in the fields of human rights, minority rights, migration, social and cultural integration of migrants.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Relevance of Minority-Refugees’ Cultural Identity to Their Protection under International Law: Stronger Protection Through a Minority-Focused Approach


Award Date: 18 Dec 2021



Award Date: 30 Sept 2014


Award Date: 30 Jun 2010


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