Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Erdogan

  • What’s at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Amendment Proposal

    –Ilayda Gunes, The University of Chicago Law School In the wake of the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Turkey has been struggling to heal its wounds under a state of emergency. Apart from the loss of hundreds of lives and more than 2,000 injured in clashes during the abortive coup, the country has also been facing a string of terrorist attacks from the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

  • The Hamartia of the Constitutional Court of Turkey: Part I

    — Dr. Ali Acar, Ph.D. in Law, European University Institute Introduction The dismissals of so many academics by an emergency decree in early February has sparked, once again, a public debate concerning the controversial judgments of the Constitutional Court of Turkey delivered on October 12, 2016, which dealt with the emergency decrees adopted after the disastrous coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

  • On the Silence of Turkish Constitutionalists in the Face of the Amendment

    —Kemal Gözler, Professor of Constitutional Law, Retired from Uludag University Faculty of Law, Turkey. [Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in Turkish on the website of the author,, on February 20, 2017. It was translated into English by a friend of the author, who would like to remain anonymous.]

  • Turkey Rolling Back the 2010 Reforms?

    –Oya Yegen, Boston University, Department of Political Science Turkish judges and prosecutors cast their votes last week for the election of 10 regular and 6 substitute new members to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)[1]. The council’s new makeup has been the center of speculation.

  • Turkey’s Presidential Elections: Towards the Confrontation between Constitutionalism and Power Politics

    –Bertil Emrah Oder, Koç University Law School The expected has happened: Prime Minister Erdoğan is the President-elect. He won in the first round of elections on August 10, 2014, by receiving an absolute majority of the valid votes cast, namely 51.79%.[i]