The “EU-CoE Joint Project on Strengthening the Capacity of the Turkish Judiciary on Freedom of Expression” is co-funded by the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Republic of Turkey. The Project which will be implemented by the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Justice Academy of Turkey (JAT) will be carried out between 2 September 2014 and 31 March 2017. The Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State, the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors and the Ministry of Justice will contribute to the Project as the partners.
The main objective of the Project is to contribute to a better protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right to freedom of expression, in Turkey.
The project’s activities will enhance the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) case law and improve the application of human rights standards in the field of freedom of expression and media in the daily work of the judiciary through the interpretation and implementation of the legislation in force in line with European standards.
During the planning and the implementation phases of the project, an inclusive approach will be adopted in order to incorporate all relevant stakeholders, namely representatives from the High Courts, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the Ministry of Justice, bar associations, universities (faculties of law, communication, art, social sciences etc.) representatives of media and the civil society. A number of events are envisaged to bring both governmental and non-governmental actors together during the Project.
All the capacity development activities will be carried out in close co-operation with the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals-HELP (www.coe.int/help), which is the platform gathering all capacity development resources for legal professionals of the Council of Europe.