Ezgi Yildiz has been appointed to the European Union’s (EU) Informal Expert Group for the Implementation of the EU’s Anti-Torture Regulation for the European Commission’s Foreign Policy Instruments (2021-2023). The Regulations provides a framework for binding trade restrictions on a range of goods used for capital punishment, torture, or ill treatment.
The group of experts will provide technical expertise to support the effective implementation of the Regulation. It also serves as a platform for interaction across a wide range of stakeholders, including state authorities, international organisations, individuals and non-governmental organizations.
Experts were appointed based on their proven and relevant competence in the areas of human rights, eradication of torture, and the death penalty, including trade in goods used for torture or the death penalty.
Dr. Yildiz is the author of “A Court with Many Faces: Judicial Characters and Modes of Norm Development in the European Court” published in European Journal of International Law (2020) and the forthcoming book, Between Forbearance and Audacity: How the European Court Redefined the Norm Against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment to be published by Cambridge University Press. She also authored “A Norm in the Making: Banning the Global Trade in Tools of Torture” for The Global (2018).
She was also instrumental in convening the conference “A Norm in the Making: Banning the Global Trade in Tools of Torture” co-organized by the Global Governance Centre as part of the Graduate Institute’s EU lecture series “Europe Tomorrow”.
The event convened experts from academia, policy practitioners, representatives from member states, civil society, and the interested public, to explore the prospects and challenges of adopting and implementing a global ban on tools of torture.