Rule of Law Academy
The Freedom Research Association (FRA) will host four two-day colloquiums, covering a range of rule of law topics in the cities of Ankara, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, and Izmir, in which four renowned Turkish legal scholars will meet with 20 future legal scholars in each colloquia.
Each colloquium will consist of six sessions, discussing different subtopics of the rule of law. Subtopics could include foundations and institutions of the rule of law, the impartiality of the courts, fundamental rights, government powers, and corruption. FRA, working with the four experienced legal scholars, will provide participants with reading materials prior to the colloquium. These mandatory readings will include both classical writings as well as articles and work from the experts themselves.
The team of expert legal scholars will also be responsible for the vetting and selection process of participants, who will submit applications, including a letter of intent, ensuring only highly motivated and committed individuals participate. The overall team of experts is made up of renowned constitutional lawyers of Turkey
Post colloquia, FEA will assign five participants to each expert scholar for a period of six months and task participants to write a publishable paper on one of the rule of law subcategories from the colloquia. The legal scholars will provide feedback and support, establishing a mentor-mentee relationship and helping participants publish their articles.
The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the foundations of the rule of law in Turkey and to invest in a new cadre of rule of law defenders among future legal academicians.
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