Berfin Nur Osso is a doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Law. Her doctoral research project “Access to Right to Have Rights”: Managing Migration at the European Union’s External Borders investigates the interplay between the externalization of migration management and the political agency of refugees. This socio-legal project merges theoretical and empirical analyses in the Greek-Turkish context by focusing on the intersections of international refugee law, human rights, border studies, political theory, EU asylum law and policy.

Osso obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a minor degree in International Relations from Koç University (Istanbul, Türkiye) in 2017, and a Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) degree in International Relations and Political Science from Tampere University (Finland) in 2019. She worked as a Project Researcher in the Academy of Finland funded projects with Prof Emilia Korkea-aho (2021-2022) at the University of Eastern Finland, and as a Research Assistant in various research institutions, including Koç University Migration Research Center (MireKoc) in 2017, Institute of International Relations Prague (2016), and Koç University Law School (2014). Osso is also enthusiastic as a political cartoonist about reflecting on the contemporary phenomena within the realm of law, politics, and society in her editorial cartoons.

List of recent publications

  • Osso, B. N. (Accepted/In press). Unpacking the Safe Third Country Concept in the European Union: B/Orders, Legal Spaces, and Asylum in the Shadow of Externalization. International Journal of Refugee Law.
  • Osso, B. N. (2022). Of Borders and Hypocrisy: The Very Thin Line Between Protection and Expulsion. RLI Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration. between-protection-and-expulsion.
  • Osso, B. N. (2022). Stories that Refugee Artworks Tell: Using the ‘Visual’ in Socio-Legal Research. Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Blog.