EVENT: Conference on the Kurdish Question in Turkey

On Wednesday 17 April 2013 the Queen’s University Belfast Law School, in association with the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, are hosting a one-day conference that will bring together legal experts, academics, politicians, journalists and grass-roots activists with first-hand experience to ignite debate on the Kurdish question in Turkey. The conference programme is set out below.

The conference, which qualifies for 6 CPD points and 1 PRPD training day, is free to attend. To register your place email your name and affiliation to queenshrconference@gmail.com (Please note that registering is regarded as a commitment to attend).

Conference Programme

Panel Discussion I: Victimization of Kurds by the Current Turkish Law

Prof Nazan Ustundag (Professor at the University Bogazici, Turkey)
Ms Reyhan Yalcindag (Lawyer and Member of HRAHC)
Ms Hannah Russell (PhD Student at Queen’s University, Belfast)

Panel Discussion II: Democracy Deferred, the Continuing Challenges – Political Trials, Identity and Human Rights

Mr Ercan Kanar (Human Rights lawyer in Turkey)
Mr Desmond Fernandes (Scholar of genocide studies)
Mr Dennis Arbet Nejbir (PhD Student at Queen’s University, Belfast)

Panel Discussion III: The New Constitution – What Democratic Legitimacy?

Dr Darren Dinsmore (Lecturer at University of Kent, England)
Prof Sevtap Yokus (Professor at University of Kocaeli, Turkey)
Ms Margaret Owen (Barrister with Bar Human Rights Committee)

Panel Discussion IV: Constructive and Peaceful Solution to the Kurdish Question in Turkey

Ms Havin Guneser (Member of Kurdish National Congress)
Mr. Selahattin Demirtas (Chair of Peace and Democracy Party, Turkey)