Redevelopment of the Turkish Constitution
The Turkish constitution is undergoing a period of intense upheaval as the country prepares for accession to the European Union. Mehtap Yildirim-Ozturk and Cagdas Evrim Ergun look at provisions currently under discussion that have serious implications for overseas investors
On 22 May, 2004, Law No 5170, which amends 10 articles of the Turkish constitution, came into force. These amendments have chiefly been made in reaction to Turkey’s new international commitments and its efforts towards accession to the European Union. The law provides, among other things, for the removal of the expression of ‘death sentence’ from the constitution, the abolition of the State Security Courts, an expression regarding gender equality and the inspection of the accounts of the Turkish Military Forces. From the perspective of business law, however, the most important amendment made relates to the position of international agreements vis-a-vis domestic laws.
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