Başak Çali

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Başak Çalı is Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights and Professor of International Law at the Hertie School in Berlin.

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Turkey’s Military Operation in Syria: A Freedom of Expression Perspective

There is no doubt that Turkey’s use of force in Syria and the unfolding consequences thereof should generate much legal debate and analysis. The legal issues are broad. They cover primary norms under international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international refugee law. In addition, the relationship between the Turkish…

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Qatar’s Reservations to the ICCPR: Anything new under the VCLT Sun?

On 21 May 2018, Qatar become the third country in the Gulf region to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This followed Kuwait in 1996 and Bahrain in 2006. Qatar’s ratification came with a long list of reservations and statements. That these reservations and statements have similarities to those of its two…

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The Spectre of Trexit: Proposal to Reintroduce the Death Penalty in Turkey

On 1 October 2018, just ten days before the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the only elected member of parliament of the BBP - a Turkish ultra nationalist party - submitted a draft legislation proposal to Parliament asking for the reintroduction of the death penalty in Turkey. The proposal reintroduces the death penalty for…

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