Abstract

Although the tensions around Kurdish ethnic identity throughout the history of the Turkish Republic and the extent of human rights violations against Kurds are well documented, little research exists about the role played by the Turkish judiciary in relation to the legal position, demands, and identity of the Kurds. An analysis of the role of the judiciary is demanded, especially given its position as one of the guardians of the foundational values of the Turkish state. This article analyzes how Turkey's judiciary has navigated the demands of Kurdish people, how it has represented Kurds, and to what extent it has accommodated their alterity in its jurisprudence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 116-142
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-08
Open Access
No
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