The independence of the judiciary from the other powers constitutes, to quote a well-known judgment by the Belgian Court of Cassation of 14 October 1996, “the foundation, not only of the constitutional provisions on the judiciary but of any democratic state. The litigants find in this principle the guarantee that judges will apply the law equally”.

The right to an independent tribunal is not a fundamental right like the others; it forms a sine qua non condition of the other rights’ effectiveness. A systemic threat to the former therefore entails the risk of a structural collapse of the latter.

Turkey is currently facing such a threat. The objective of this afternoon session is to critically assess this phenomenon in the light of the applicable European standards. By contrasting the points of view of academics and practitioners, the session will aim at measuring the whys and wherefores of the situation in Turkey.

A more general reflection will also be made, on this basis, on the reaction of the European judge in the face of such systematic deficiencies.


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Date: 26 November 2018

Time: 4.30 – 8.30 pm

Place: Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles. Auditorium 100.
Rue du Marais, 109, 1000 Bruxelles