(CANCELLED) Public Lecture: ‘Supremacy of Law or the Law of the Supreme? The Future of the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Turkey’, King’s College London

Speakers: Hüseyin Aygün (Lawyer and Former MP for Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey)

                   Professor Bill Bowring (Barrister & Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights in Birkbeck, University of London)

                   Associate Professor Gökhan Günaydın (Lawyer and Former MP for Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey)

Chair:        Dr. Simon Waldman (King’s College London)

Date:         TBA

This event is delayed to a future date due to some unexpected personal circumstances preventing the arrival of the speakers to the UK. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.

We are sorry to announce that Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) public seminar titled Supremacy of Law or the Law of the Supreme? The Future of the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Turkey” to be delivered by Hüseyin Aygün (Lawyer and Former MP for Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey), Professor Bill Bowring (Barrister & Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights in Birkbeck, University of London), and Associate Professor Gökhan Günaydın (Lawyer and Former MP for Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey) is delayed. 

Event Description

A ‘state of emergency’ was declared in Turkey in the wake of the coup attempt on 15 July 2016. Tens of thousands of civil servants and military officers have been arrested or dismissed in the purges that followed the failed coup attempt. Hundreds of civilians, academics, professionals, and businessmen have been arrested or taken into custody. Turkey is now essentially run by ‘statutory decrees’ (decrees having force of law) (KHK) that apply as laws. Critics argue that these statutory decrees are being used by the AKP to get rid of its opponents and mark the end of the ‘rule of law,’ and ‘democracy’ in Turkey. On the hand, AKP government ministers often refer to similar measures in France and in other parts of the worlds in order to argue that ‘state of emergency’ and such decrees as well as the new policy implementations are compatible with democracy and are necessary in the fight against Fettullah Gülen’s ‘parallel state’. In this event, Hüseyin Aygün, Professor Bill Bowring, and Associate Professor Gökhan Günaydın will speak about the present and the future implications of the ‘state of emergency’ measures, and ‘executive orders’ for human rights in Turkey and analyse what is actually happening in Turkey.

Chair Biography

simonwaldmanDr. Simon A. Waldman is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. He obtained his MA and PhD from the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, KCL, having earlier read Politics and Sociology at Brunel University. Simon’s research focuses on international diplomacy towards the Middle East, statebuilding and leadership in the region, Turkish history and politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict from a historical perspective. He is the head of the Turkish Studies Research Group at King’s College London. Simon’s latest book isAnglo –American Diplomacy and the Palestinian Refugee Problem (Palgrave MacMillan), and he is the co-author of the forthcoming The New Turkey and its Discontents (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2016).

Speaker Biographies

aygunHüseyin Aygün is a lawyer and former Member of Parliament. Aygün worked as a lawyer for many years after graduating from the Faculty of Law of Ankara University. He was elected as a Republican People’s Party MP from his home-town Tunceli, also referred to as Dersim, in 2011. During his term, he distinguished himself as an ardent defender of human rights and minority rights. He worked in the Human Rights Commission during his term and was instrumental in raising issues regarding 1938 Incidents to public attention. In 2014, Aygün helped establish the United June Movement, a progressive organization inspired by the Gezi Movement. He authored six books; his fırst book was published in Zazaki. He decided to not seek re-election in 2015 General Elections. At the moment, he works as a lawyer and contributes regularly to the daily newspaper Birgün. He is married with two children. Hüseyin Aygün speaks Turkish and Zazaki.

bowringProfessor Bill Bowring is a Barrister and Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London where he is the Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights. His research interests include human rights, minority rights, and international law. His research is enriched by his practice as a barrister, taking many cases to the European Court of Human Rights against Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Russia and Turkey. His books include Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power and The Degradation of the International Legal Order: The Rehabilitation Of Law And The Possibility Of Politics.

gunaydinAssociate Professor Gökhan Günaydın is a lawyer, economist, agricultural engineer, and politician. He studied in the Faculty of Letters of Istanbul University, Economics Department of Anadolu University, and in the Agricultural Faculty of Atatürk University. He holds a Phd from the Institute of Social Sciences of Ankara University and has worked as an academic for many years. He was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Republican People’s Party in 2011 General Elections. He is the Deputy General Secretary for Local Councils and a member of Republican People’s Party’s Central Executive Committee.

 

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