Department of Development Studies

Dr Bilge Sahin

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Department of Development Studies Research Associate
BA MA (Ankara) MA (SOAS) PhD (SOAS)
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Bilge Sahin has degrees from Ankara University, Turkey (BA and MA) and SOAS University of London (MA and PhD). Her academic work critically engages with gendered issues in international security and international law, and feminist theory with particular focus on East Africa.
Bilge held academic positions at the Department of Development Studies and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS from 2016 to 2018. In addition to her academic work, she has experience advising university projects, governmental institutions and law firms on matters related to the DRC. Currently, she is a Lecturer in the International Relations Department at Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey.


Book and Book Chapters
  • Sahin, B. (2020) Sexual Violence Crimes and Gendered Power Relations: Bringing Justice to Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. London: Routledge.
  • Sahin, B. (2014) ‘Adı Konulmamıs Bir Soykirim: Liberya Ic Savasi’, 20. Yuzyilda Soykirim ve Etnik Temizlik, eds Cakmak, C., Guneysu, G. and Colak, F.G., Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi Yayınları, İstanbul. (English Title: An Unknown Genocide: Liberian Civil War).
Journal Articles
  • Sahin, B. (2021) ‘Mobile Hearings in the Eastern DRC: Prosecuting International Crimes and Implementing Complementarity at the National Level’, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 15(2): 297-316.
  • Sahin, B. (2021) “Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Savaş ve Hukuk: Kongo Demokratik Cumhuriyeti’nde Cinsel Şiddet Suçları” Fe Dergi, 13(1): 57-70. (English Title: Gender, War, and Law: Sexual Violence Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Sahin, B. and Kula, S. L. (2018) ‘What Women Want before Justice: Examining Justice Initiatives to Challenge Violence against Women in the DRC’, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 12(2): 296-313.
  • Sahin, B. (2014) ‘What is Happening to Women in Transitional Justice? Analysing the Crime of Rape and its Reconciliation in the ICTR’, Fe Dergi, 6(2): 1-13.
Book Review
  • Sahin, B. (2020) ‘Book Review: Feminist Dialogues on International Law: Successes, Tensions, and Failures, by Gina Heathcote’. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 23(1), 184-187.

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