Project Description

A project by the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the Law Faculty at Bilkent University in Ankara.

Since the failed coup attempt of July 15th, 2016, Turkey's constitutional politics have been in turmoil. Under the state of emergency that had been in force for two years since the coup attempt, numerous executive decrees were issued causing the suspension and dismissal of tens of thousands of civil servants and leading to the partial suspension of the rule of law. This rule by decree has had massive consequences for numerous political and societal fields, such as the educational system and national security. The implications of these processes in terms of constitutional politics are wide-reaching: According to a decree passed in December 2017, alleged actions against the coup attempt and against "terrorist acts" which are presumed to be related are exempt from legal punishment.

Against this backdrop, German and Turkish academics of the research lab analyse the history of the state under the rule of law in Turkey and the many challenges it is facing from different disciplinary, methodological, and thematic angles. Apart from constitutional changes in the narrow sense, the researchers focus on changes to the rule of law under authoritarian and populist regimes and the wide-reaching effects of the state of emergency. The developments in Turkey are compared to those in other countries historically, regionally and in a problem-related manner.

Through regular research lab meetings and the webpage of the lab, members of the research lab present extracts of their work. Public lectures in Berlin offer insights into the lab and its work to the wider public on a quarterly basis.



Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
+49 30 2093 66570