• Clarke County High School (Virginia, USA), 2011
  • Koc University, LL.B. 2017
  • Leiden University, Advanced LL.M. in European and International Human Rights Law (cum laude) 2020

Atakan specializes in international human rights law, public international law, and dispute resolution.

He has experience representing clients before the Turkish Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights on matters related to the right to fair trial, liberty and security rights, and privacy rights. Atakan’s professional experience includes work placements at two of the world's leading international organizations on human rights, based in London and Amsterdam. 

He has extensive knowledge of the emerging field of business and human rights, which includes the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights at large enterprises. He also conducts human rights due diligence and risk assessment. His professional interests include digital rights and freedom of expression on the internet, which are the basis of his LL.M. dissertation on the standards of blocking access to websites under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

As well as a thorough knowledge of public international law, Atakan has practical experience in representing diplomatic missions in Turkey on matters relating to criminal law, sovereign immunity, and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

In his dispute resolution work, Atakan specializes in business crime and cybercrime litigation, representing clients before the public prosecutor and domestic courts.