Impact of the ECtHR Rulings on Turkey's Democratization: An Evaluation

Ozbudun E., Turkmen F.

HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY, cilt.35, sa.4, ss.985-1008, 2013 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 35 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1353/hrq.2013.0054
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.985-1008


Turkey has long retained the record of individual applications before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). On the other hand, the ECtHR has been playing a crucial role in the democratization of this country, as most of its rulings were followed by substantial reforms. This, however, cannot conceal a dichotomy: although the reforms reflect the political will of the government, the decisions rendered by national courts often indicate the opposite, hampering the democratization process and leaving the country with a judiciary impasse. The reasons and consequences of this phenomenon are analyzed in this essay.