Law On The Bosphorus Istanbul International Summer School 2018




Istanbul University Faculty of Law – Leiden University, Leiden Law School
Criminal Law and Criminology Research and Application Centre
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

With the support of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Criminal Law and Criminology Research and Application Centre and Leiden University, Leiden Law School will be organizing the sixth edition of the joint International Summer School, to be held in Istanbul, between the 06th August and 17th of August 2018.

As with its previous five editions, the 2018 ‘Law on the Bosphorus’ Summer School will be oriented on transnational Human Rights Law, this year focusing on the relationship(s) between Human Rights, Terrorism and Refugees. As such, this year the Summer School has a dual perspective, namely to:

(i) examine the particular distinct relationships between Human Rights Law and
‘Terrorism’ on the one hand and ‘Refugees’ on the other, and

(ii) develop insights and ideas, inter alia by comparing and contrasting those two relationships, about the current state of Human Rights Law, under the cumulative strain of modern day challenges.

For some time now, both the distinct ‘themes’ of Terrorism and ‘Refugees’ have dominated global, international, supranational and national policy agenda’s. Both touch on core Human Rights concerns and in and of themselves present complex questions as to the manner in which they are - or should be - regulated by Human Rights Law. As such, both themes require the continual attention of those interested in Human Rights Law and constitute important topics of study.
While this year’s Summer School intends to indeed take an in depth look at the current state of the relationship between Human Rights Law and these two distinct themes, a second aim is to reflect, from a more general perspective on the possible cumulative impact of the two themes on Human Rights Law.

What does it mean generally for Human Rights Law that it has to continually deal with situations of emergency - such as the ‘War on Terror’ and the ‘Refugee Crisis’? Has the focus of Human Rights Law become monopolized by the need to develop ways to compromise its premises in order to accommodate latter day challenges? Does the same spirit which lead to the formation of Human Rights treaties still exist, or has that spirit weakened because Human Rights Law must constantly operate in ‘crises’, meaning that it on the one hand has to restrain itself in order not to lose the commitment of ‘challenge-oriented’ policy makers, and on the other that it has not time or resources to develop further and flourish in the spirit in which it was conceived? Would things be different if Human Rights Law was not faced with the ‘War on Terror’, the ‘Refugee Crisis’ or similar challenges? Are there areas and themes which remain underdeveloped and unrefined, are great values and ideas are not being developed, is the current focus of Human Rights Law where it should be?

As such, the Human Rights lectures during the summer school will alternate between the more abstract and the concrete, some dealing with the theme of Terrorism, others with that of Refugees, with general lectures serving to form connecting bridges, understand commonalities and extrapolate understanding about the nature and abilities of modern day Human Rights Law. At the same time, the Summer School will take a comparative view on the issues to be examined, sometimes taking an international or supranational perspective, sometimes focusing, for the purposes of illustration, on diverse national settings.

The Human Rights Lectures at the Summer School lectures will focus on the following themes: Amongst others, themes touched will be:

 Human Rights in Crises: The Paradox of Rights and Restrictions
 Human Rights in Crises: Margins of appreciation and differences of opinions
 Terrorism and Human Rights: an overview of the relationship
 Refugees and Human Rights: an overview of the relationship
 Terrorism and Refugees: causality and correlations (does terrorism cause flight, or, does flight cause (fear of) terrorism)?
 Terrorism + Refugees = Discrimination?
 Terrorism and Refugees: nexus in … (diverse regional and national settings)
 Refugee trafficking and smuggling (in combination with visit to Istanbul Police)
 The Right to Health and Refugees
 Pscycho-social causes of Terrorism
 The Rights of Refugees in the case law of the Turkish Constitutional Court The most dangerous threat of all? – Cyberterrorism

PROGRAM FORMAT The summer school will consist of daily lectures, mooting clinics and mooting sessions which will take place at the closing of the Summer School. At the start
of the summer school, participants will be assigned to mooting teams and will receive notice of the case which they will be arguing at the closing mooting. As with the lectures, the cases will all have to do with Human Rights and ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Refugee’ themes. After plenary clarifications, teams will be instructed and coached by lecturers during mooting clinics. The program also consists of diverse excursions to Criminal Justice Institutions in Turkey, i.e. to
İstanbul Provincial Security Directorate, Çağlayan Justice Palace, Forensic and Pathological Institution and Harbiye Military Museum. These excursions will include unique ‘on location’ lectures by experts in the field.

The mooting sessions will take place on the final day of the summer school. At the closing ceremony, special certificates will be awarded to the best team as well as to the best individual mooter.

VENUE: The program will be held in Istanbul University Faculty of Law’s historic premises at the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. The Summer School will take full advantage of the unique opportunities offered by this unique venue, embedding the academic program within the excitement and beauty of Istanbul.

TUTORS: The lectures and clinics of the Summer School will be delivered by lecturers from Leiden Law School and Istanbul University Faculty of Law, as well as other guest lecturers. The list of the tutors will include:

- Prof. Dr. Adem SÖZÜER (Istanbul University)
- Prof. Dr. Aart HENDRIKS (Leiden University)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Manuel CANCİO MELİÁ (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

- Prof. Dr. Ibrahim KAYA (Istanbul University)
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pınar ÖLÇER (Leiden University)
- Assoc.Prof.Dr. Vangel DOKOVSKI (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University)

- Assist. Prof. Dr. Tuba TOPÇUOĞLU (Istanbul University)
- Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat ÖNOK (Koç University)
- Assist. Prof. Dr. Syed Mudasser Fida Gardazi (University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir)
- Assist. Safiye SAHİN (Humboldt University)
- Serhat MAHMUTOĞLU (Turkish Constitutional Court)
- Selçuk ŞATANA (Directorate of Istanbul Migration Management)
- Veysi ÇERİ (Marmara University)
- Dilara YURTSEVEN (International Refugee Rights Association)

FOR ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATION: Please submit a request for an application at The completed form should be returned together with a Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation describing the applicant’s purpose in attending the Summer school, and an academic letter of reference. Required criteria are that participants have a good basis in Human Rights Law and command of the English language. Further details regarding the academic program and social activities will be provided upon application.

EXPENSES AND COSTS: There is no participation fee for the 2018 Summer School. All expenses and costs (accommodation, lunch, dinners etc.) are supposed to be met by participants.
Extended Deadline for Application: 15 June 2018