About The Center

The Human Rights Law Research Centre at Istanbul Bilgi University was established in December 2000. Since that time the Centre has been active in the pursuit of raising the awareness of, protecting and developing human rights law and humanitarian law both domestically and internationally.

In addition to organising conferences, symposiums, seminars and round table discussions, both at home and abroad, the Centre is also working in unison with a number of national and international organisations, both public and private, on various projects in the subject of human rights.

The Centre monitors all national and international judicial decisions regarding human rights and humanitarian law. Through its unique website, the Centre presents and publicises the ratification of related conventions and their subsequent implementation by Turkey. The reports and decisions of United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human rights regarding human rights in Turkey can be viewed at this site. The Centre's web site is currently the only source that provides information on human rights in Turkey along with related news and documents presented in Turkish with detailed summaries in English for the international audience.

In addition, various sources on human rights can be found on Istanbul Bilgi University's library web site. http://library.bilgi.edu.tr

Within its capacity as an educator, the Centre has been planning and coordinating the Masters of Law (LL.M) program in Human Rights Law since 2001. The program is the first such masters program ever offered in Turkey. The program makes it possible to examine human rights law from an interdisciplinary perspective by considering the needs of its applicants and the different sectors of professional life from which they come. The Centre is also preparing and conducting other educational programs that emphasise the importance of and the implementation of human rights for various professions. The Human Rights Activism classes are given on Saturdays and are open for public attendance.

The Research and Working Groups on "Prevention of Discrimination and Violence Against Women" , "Health, Medicine and Human Rights", "Social and Criminological Studies" , "Refugee Law" and "Judicial Reform and Access To Justice" that are established by the Centre, are carrying out research activities.

Contacts:

Address: Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi
Insan Hakları Uygulama ve Arastırma Merkezi
Kurtulus Deresi Caddesi No:47
Dolapdere 80370 Istanbul

E-mail : insanhaklarimerkezi@bilgi.edu.tr