Pınar is a qualified lawyer and a BHR expert with a PhD in private law with thesis on “Tort Liability in Corporate Groups: A Comparative Analysis with Particular Focus on Turkey”.

Education

2012 - 2021
Ph.D. in Civil Law - Istanbul Bilgi University
2017 - 2018
Visiting research associate, Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London
2007-2008
LL.M, Advanced Studies in European Business Law, Universiteit Leiden (as a Jean Monnet scholar)
2002-2006
LL.B., Bilkent University

Dr. Pınar Kara is a qualified lawyer and a BHR expert, with a PhD thesis on “Tort Liability in Corporate Groups: A Comparative Analysis with Particular Focus on Turkey”.

Her expertise focuses on civil liability of corporations for human rights abuses and mandatory human rights due diligence. Her experience of over 10 years as a lawyer extends to various areas of private and commercial law, including corporate and M&A, banking&finance, competition and labour law.

Pınar completed her PhD at Bilgi University in Istanbul, with a thesis on parent company’s tort liability for human rights violations occurred due to the activities of transnational subsidiaries, with a comparative legal analysis focused on Turkish law in comparison with other jurisdictions such as the UK and the US. She has carried out part of her PhD research at Queen Mary University of London as a visiting research associate, where she has researched on the tort law doctrine of the duty of care. Her thesis focused on both the substantive legal aspects, hence a tort law analysis, and the jurisdictional legal aspects of the matter, whereby the questions of applicable law and jurisdiction were raised. More specifically, she considered potential legal grounds available under Turkish law to establish parent company’s direct liability for human rights violations occurring due to the activities of transnational subsidiaries, including provisions of general tort law, strict liability, as well as corporate groups. Her thesis also looked into the legislative trends on mandatory human rights due diligence in the world and provided suggestions in establishing a legal framework under Turkish law to ensure corporate accountability for human rights violations.

Publications

  • “Turkey” chapter in Business and Human Rights, Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, February 2020.
  • “Decarbonizing the Energy Sector” as co-author with Rafael Leal-Arcas, Mariya Peykova and Victoria Nalule, Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law of Michigan State University College of Law, XV, 2019, pp. 173-271.
  • “The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Corporate Accountability of Multinationals: Is It Ever Enough Without ‘Hard Law’?”, European Company Law Journal 15, no. 4, 2018, Kluwer Law International, pp. 118-125.