Rule of Law in Depth

Between 8 – 11 May 2012, CESS and its Turkish partner the ARI movement organized a Conference and Training Workshop within the framework of the Good Governance in Turkey programme. Both events took place in Istanbul, Turkey. The subject of the two events was the Rule of Law and the Security Sector. The conference saw a turn out of 55 people and the training reached a number of 20.

During the conference Dutch speakers together with Turkish, or Turkish based, speakers talked on the Rule of Law in the Security Sector. A group consisting of attorneys at law, parliamentarians, media, and students filled the room during the conference. During the day discussion was aimed at sharing experiences. One of the conclusions was that Turkey is going in two directions. One aimed at a stronger democratic tradition. The second being a path where critique on the ruling elite is less accepted. Taken together with other examples and experiences from the room this has led to several interesting and thought provoking discussions.

During the training workshop the aim was to go in depth on how the Rule of Law functions in Western Europe and provide the Turkish trainees an ability to give their perception on how things are going in Turkey. After the first day, packed with theory and examples, the trainees could apply this knowledge during the role play on the second day. The role play was on a parliamentary hearing in a non existing post soviet country. Being a very interactive session the trainees saw this as a very stimulating exercise. Whereby the sense was created that they got a first hand experience on the matters at hand. Finally the last day was solely on the Rule of Law in Turkey. 

Overall the conference and training has been a success. During the conference day debate was lively and new thoughts were provoked. During the training the future leaders of Turkey were challenged to reflect on the freedom of the media, human rights of security sector personnel, and the rule of law in general. First look at the essentials and finally project this on the current situation in Turkey. CESS and its partners hope to continue their effort in Turkey on assisting it in its democratisation process. 

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