Sukru Kagan Surucu

Thesis title: Involvement of UNHCR in Offshore Asylum Processing


Kagan has a background in international relations and international law, and most recently entered Edinburgh Law School in 2023 for his PhD degree. His past experiences include working in the major legal ranking directory, Chambers and Partners as a Research Analyst, and working both in Ankara and in London on academic research projects focusing on nuclear proliferation as a research assistant. He is interested in various topics under international security, and international law though his current academic interests focus on international organisations and refugee management. 


LLM International Law - University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK)

BA International Relations - Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey)

Research summary

I am examining the involvement of UNHCR in offshore asylum processing focusing on the problem of UNHCR acting beyond its mandate with its increasing involvement in such conduct. I aim to adopt socio-legal/ethnomethodological tools to examine the internal process throughout the gradual change in UNHCR's stance and policies to be more involved in offshore processing. 

Current research interests

Public international law, international organisations, refugee law, refugee management, UNHCR