After completing her bachelors of law at Ankara University as an honor student, Ms. Akdogan worked in a top law office in Ankara, the Bar Association of which she is registered as a qualified lawyer. She also studied at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for a year.
Ms. Akdogan graduated from Advanced LLM in European and International Business Law programme of Leiden University with cum laude distinction. She pursued her studies as a Jean Monnet scholar, funded by the European Union. During her masters, Ms. Akdogan participated the European Law Moot Court competition as well as being a member of Honours Academy of Leiden University.
She conducted her PhD research at the University of Groningen in the areas of EU external relations and sustainable development, with her thesis titled Decrypting sustainability in EU Free Trade Agreements: clarity and enforceability of the Trade and Sustainable Development chapters. She is experienced in teaching EU law and a member of ICON-S Benelux and the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment.