The Turkish President formally announced the decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) on 20 March 2021. This announcement drew serious intra-national and international reaction. Despite the critiques and protests, the denunciation of the treaty became legally effective by 01 July 2021. This study aims to shed some light on this development mainly from an international law and constitutional law perspective. In this regard, first, the denunciation from an international treaty in general and the Convention in particular will be given from an international law point of view. Next, the national legal outlook will be presented mainly from a constitutional standpoint. Here particular emphasis will be on the new government system in effect since 2018, and the presidential decrees and presidential decisions as important tools of this system. Finally, the study will demonstrate the current situation and project future possibilities.
Since the multi-layered impact of Covid-19 pandemic, which began to effect Türkiye by mid-March 2020, Türkiye acceleratingly felt the severe economic consequences. The ongoing economic deterioration got worsened by the Russia-Ukraine war. Many economic measures were taken by the government to ease the hardships, along with a highly disputed economic policy pursued. With the upcoming elections in 2023, the government occurs to sharpen its policies and put in place proactive internal and external policies. Within this outlook, this report hereby presents a selection of public law related developments in Türkiye between October 2021 and October 2022. The report mostly focuses on developments concerning public international law, as they appear to stand out.