Associate Prof. Dr. Öykü Didem Aydın (Biography)

The publisher of this site, Dr. Öykü Didem Aydın, is a Turkish novelist and constitutionalist. Aydın was born in Black Sea coastal city of Ordu in 1970. Her mother, Üren Çakırsoy Aydın from a gentry family (the Ustaoğlu/Çakırsoy) from the Black Sea coastal city of Bafra was a literature teacher, a Çapa (University of İstanbul) graduate. Her father Ahmet Aydın -from the hazelnut producing gentry Mahmut Kadıoğlu family in Ordu- was an Ankara Law School graduate, a renowned activist, lawyer and politician and member of the Workers Party of Turkey (Türkiye İşçi Partisi, founded in 1961) until it was banned after the military coup of 1971. He assumed active role in the Workers Party’s organization in the Black Sea Region and had been the editor in chief of The Awakening (Uyanış Dergisi) between 1965 and 1969. Her father, Ahmet Aydın has also been one of the leading local leaders of the Republican Peoples’ Party during Bülent Ecevit’s presidency in early 70ies; and run for the Senate. The family moved from Ordu to Ankara in 1978, when Aydin’s father started to represent the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions of Turkey as the Union’s legal counsel, a position he held during the turmoiled years preceding another military coup in 1980 and until 1985.  Starting with 1986, he established private practice and founded Aydin & Aydin law firm in Ankara. Both enthusiasts of Turkish and world literature Aydin’s parents wrote numerous poems and short stories which they never ventured to publish. Literature remained “something that belonged to the most intimate sphere of the family which was being recited in every special reunion”.

Öykü Didem Aydin was educated at Antalya College in mediterrenean coastal city of Antalya (1983-1986), and studied law at the  Ankara University Law School (1986-1990),where her father was graduated from in 1960. During her studies she gave the entrance exams for the professional training program organized by the Ministry of Tourism and obtained tourist guide license following her intensive educational courses, study travels across Turkey and final exams. In the same period she also made long inter-rail trips to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark developing a passion for travelling which she would continue to enjoy in various other continents than Europe. She also lived  in the cities of  Rome, Perugia, Monza, Milano, Strasbourg, Cologne, Trondheim, Muscat, İstanbul and İzmit for longer periods. Between 1989 and 2000 she worked as a summer time tourist guide mainly in the Mediterranean, the Cappadocian and the South Eastern cities of Turkey. In this period she started writing short stories and poems published in local magazines.

After graduation she became a research assistant and member of the department for criminal law at the Ankara Law School. In 1992 she went to Italy with a  merit scholarship from the Italian Government and lived in Milan until 1994 completing a specialization program in comparative law. In 1995, she went to Germany with a doctoral fellowship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, where she lived until 2004. After graduating magna cum laude with a scientiae juridicae doctor degree in law from Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg i. Br. in 2001 she became a fellow of the Max Planck Community and carried out research projects in comparative and international law at the Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br. Her book in German on “hate crimes in Germany and in the United States of America” was published in 2006 by iuscrim Verlag in Germany.

She returned to Turkey in 2004 and held the position of associate professorship at the University of Başkent. She also thought at the Bilkent University until 2005. Her book on “Freedom of Speech and Criminal Law in Three Democracies, I: The United States of America” was published by Seçkin Yayınları in 2004.

Between 2006 and 2009 she worked as chief legal counsel of Turkish operations of various multi-national (Canadian, American and Turkish) corporations and managed her father’s law firm Aydın & Aydın in İstanbul and Ankara together with her sister who is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Cologne in Germany. Also a graduate of Russian language and literature studies from the University of Ankara, her sister encouraged Aydin to pursue her literary aspirations.

Öykü Didem Aydin started writing her debut novel “Eski Sinagog Meydanı” “The Old Synagogue Place” in 2000 in the city of Freiburg  i. Br. and completed its writing in 2007. The novel, which has been reviewed as “extremely promising” was published by one of the leading literary publishers, İletişim Yayınları in 2009.

Devoting her time mostly to literary writing and translating combined with her legal and scholarly practice as a professor of constitutional  law, Aydin continues to write short stories, novels as well scholarly articles on freedom of speech, literature and law, hate crimes, criminal and constitutional law. She is one of the founding members of the Turkish Union of Literary Translators. In 2009 she became the corresponding member of the Italian Society for Law and Literature and has been admitted for a masters program at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria) in literature comparatistics. Aydın is fluent in Turkish, English, German and Italian and has been learning Arabic and Hebrew.

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