Conference: The Rule of Law and the Security Sector

Where and when

8 May 2012, Elite World Prestige Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey


The state is not only responsible for making, executing and enforcing the law. It is also bound by the law and must by its actions and statements show respect for the law and the rights and freedoms of its citizens.The rule of law enables individuals to hold their state accountable regarding respect for their human rights and helps to manage disputes between individuals. In the security sector, the state has a special responsibility to protect and defend human rights and civil liberties, but runs the risk of violating these rights and liberties. The successful integration of security sector reform and the rule of law provides for a predictable business environment that helps to protect property and livelihood, thus contributing to sustainable development. A lack of professionalism in the security sector, militarisation of the state or high corruption levels as opposed to the rule of law, undermines sustainable development.

During the first session of this conference we aim to elaborate on Judicial Oversight of the Executive (focussing on the Security Sector). The judiciary’s core tasks in relation to the executive and the security sector are to judge whether its actions conform to the constitution and relevant legislation, and whether they breach human rights. The importance of an objective and independent judicial sector and the raison d'être of this significance will be underscored in this session. In the second session we will consider theAccountability of Non-state Security Actors. The mandate and the level of accountability of these non-state actors opposed to state security forces will form the central part of this session. In the third session we plan to deal withHuman Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for Governmental Security Officials. Here an overview will be given of the international organisations that formulate treaties and charters dealing with human rights and fundamental freedoms. It will show why these treaties and charters are fundamental for the protection of both citizens and security officials. 


Promoting Good Governance in the Security Sector of Turkey


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