‘Freedom of Expression in Turkey during the EU Accession Progress’ Joint Seminar at University of Oxford



Centre for Turkey Studies and Ertegun House Joint Seminar

‘Freedom of Expression in Turkey during the EU Accession Progress’

June 6, 2013


Ertegun House



Prof Yaman Akdeniz, Istanbul Bilgi University

Dr Kerem Altıparmak, Ankara University

What is the current state of the freedom of expression in Turkey, ten years since the first government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and seven years after the start of accession negotiations with the European Union? Panelists will address this key question during the seminar.

This event is co-organised by the Centre for Turkey Studies and the Ertegun House (University of Oxford). The event is kindly hosted by Ezgi Ulusoy Aranyosi of Ertegun House.

This event is free.

For pre-registration, please contact [email protected]

The event will take place at the Ertegun House, 37A St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LD.



Yaman Akdeniz (LLB, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law, and the Pro Rector for the Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2001-2009 Akdeniz was at the School of Law, University of Leeds. Akdeniz acted as an expert to several international organizations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Office, and the Office of theOSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media with regards to human rights aspects of Internet law and policy. Akdeniz has been recently appointed to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users as an ‘elected independent expert’ (July 2012 – December 2013). He has written extensively since the mid 1990s and 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). Akdeniz also authored the 2006 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (UNHCHR) entitled Stocktaking on efforts to combat Racism on the Internet (E/CN.4/2006/WG.21/BP.1, January 2006), 2010 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Turkey and Internet Censorship and 2011 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Freedom of Expression on the Internet: Study of legal provisions and practices related to freedom of expression, the free flow of information and media pluralism on the Internet in OSCE participating States.

Kerem Altıparmak (LLB, LLM, PhD) 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 Assesment 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 Ostacle 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.

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