‘FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN LIGHT OF TURKISH EU ASPIRATIONS’
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (GMT)
Committee Room 15, House of Commons, Westminster
London, United Kingdom
The Centre for Turkey Studies (CTS) is pleased to invite you to a Westminster based forum on ‘Freedom of Expression in light of Turkish EU Aspirations’ featuring Prof Yaman Akdeniz and Dr Kerem Altiparmak.
Prof Yaman Akdeniz is a Professor of law and teaches at the Human Rights Law Centre at Istanbul Bilgi University, as well as being the founder and director of Cyber-Rights.org, and co-founder of BilgiEdinmeHakki.org.
Dr Kerem Altiparmak is currently the Director of the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University, teaching human rights law. He is closely involved with NGOs in the field of human rights in Turkey, and has published numerous articles related thereto as well as media freedom in Turkey.
Please find more extensive biographies of each speaker below. This CTS Westminster Debate event is kindly hosted by Emma Reynolds, Labour MP.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 5th of June 2013, between 7pm and 9pm, in Committee Room 15, House of Commons, Westminster. Please note that security checks are required to enter the House of Commons, so we kindly ask you to arrive at 6pm, allowing the event to start and end promptly on time.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Prof Yaman Akdeniz is Professor of Law, and vice-chancellor, at the Human Rights Law Centre at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University. Prof Akdeniz held a position as senior lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Leeds until 2009, as well as being a founder and director of Cyber-Rights.org, and is the co-founder of BilgiEdinmeHakki.org, a pressure group working in the field of freedom of information law in Turkey. His recent publications include Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses (London: Ashgate, 2008); and Racism on the Internet (Council of Europe Publishing, 2010). Prof Akdeniz also authored the Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on Turkey and Internet Censorship (January 2010, available at http://www.osce.org/documents/rfm/2010/01/42294_en.pdf. For further information about his work please see http://cyberlaw.org.uk/publications/ and bilgi.edu.tr/en/directory/people/yaman-akdeniz/.
Dr Kerem Altiparmak is currently the Director of the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University where he teaches human rights law. He has worked with a number of human rights NGO’s in Turkey. At present Dr Altiparmak is working with the Human Rights Joint Platform on respectively ‘Monitoring of the Implementation of the ECtHR Judgements in Turkey’ and ‘From Impunity to Accountability’. His research interests include ECHR, freedom of expression, prohibition of torture, theories of rights, and impunity. Dr Altiparnak English publication include “The European System for the Protection of Human Rights in Crisis: The End of the Road?” (2009), “Human Rights Act: Extra-territorial Application” (2008), “Internet: Restricted Access – A Critical Assessment of Internet Content Regulation and Censorship in Turkey’ (with Yaman Akdeniz), “After Sahin: The Debate on Headscarves is not Over’ (with Onur Karahanogullari, 2006), “Bancovic: An Obstacle to the Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Iraq (2004), “The Application of the Concept of Continuing Violence to the Duty to Investigate, Prosecute and Punish under International Human Rights Law (2003), and 21-25 Turkish Yearbook of Human Rights, Volume 3.