New book: Limits of Supranational Justice

In her new book, Dilek Kurban analyses the European Court of Human Rights' reach into Turkey’s Kurdish conflict.

In her new book, Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey's Kurdish Conflict, Dilek Kurban, fellow and lecturer at the Hertie School who is affiliated with the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights, analyses the European Court of Human Rights' (ECtHR) engagement in Turkey's Kurdish conflict since the early 1990s. The book was published in October by Cambridge University Press.

Kurban's book provides a socio-legal account of efforts of Kurdish lawyers to mobilize the ECtHR on behalf of abducted, executed, tortured and displaced civilians under emergency rule, and a doctinal legal analysis of the ECtHR's jurisprudence in these cases. Kurban demonstrates the Strasbourg court's failure to end gross violations in the Kurdish region, bringing together legal, political, sociological and historical narratives, and highlighting factors enabling state violence and political repression against the Kurds. Kurban demonstrates the need to reappraise current academic and jurisprudential approaches to authoritarian regimes, and her book shows how cases such as Turkey can provide a lens for assessing the effectiveness of supranational courts.

The book is available in digital and print editions. Order a copy here.

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