Berna Keskindemir (1990) is a recent graduate in Law and Politics of International Security (LL.M.). Prior to her master degree, she obtained her BSc in Public Administration and Organization and Bachelor of Laws at VU University Amsterdam. Berna is mostly intrigued by how the language of international law is instrumentalized for political and economical gains by the so-called powerful elites and how this maintains social inequality around the globe. Her commitment to social justice is exposed through the many educational and advocacy programs she helped create and lead – for and with her peers – since 2009. The most recent one being a five-week internship program for EU, US and Canadian students in Palestine and Israel as the president of ‘FFIPP Europe – Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel’. Being a first-generation student of Turkish descent herself, she is also actively very passionate about empowering first-generation students of different cultural backgrounds.
Updated May 2016
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