Zuhal is currently working at a law firm as a paralegal with a specialism in immigration and human rights law. After obtained a First-Class Law Degree from Ankara University, she moved to the UK and completed her master’s degree (with Merit) in Public International Law at Queen Mary University of London. Her particular interest was in state crime and international criminal law during her LLM. As such, she wrote her dissertation as ‘Forced Marriage under International Criminal Law and its correlation with Genocide’ under the supervision of Prof Phoebe Okowa.
In 2019, Zuhal joined the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) to gain practical state crime studies experience. She has been involved in ‘China’s Persecution of the Uighur’ research project and conducted a podcast interview with Ms Zumretay Arkin, Advocacy Manager of World Uyghur Congress, about the stages of the genocide in China and the conditions of Uyghurs during the pandemic. Recently, she has taken part in ‘Covid-19 and State Crime’ project about human rights violations committed worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic by writing an article about Haiti. She is also a member of the ISCI social media team.