The Research Center for Constitutional Justice

The Research Center for Constitutional Justice (RCCJ) was established in 2018 with a view to engaging in academic activities in the field of constitutional law and practice in cooperation with universities and human rights institutions. RCCJ conducts research studies in constitutional and human rights law including international and comparative subjects. Its work concentrates on issuing publications and organizing academic events.

RCCJ issues the biannual and peer-reviewed international law review journal of “Constitutional Justice”. In its original form, the journal has been issued to publish the papers presented at symposia held on an annual basis on the occasion of the anniversary of the Constitutional Court. In 2019 starting with the issue no 36(1), it has been reformatted to an academic peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually. Since then, in a given year, one issue is solely dedicated for academic papers on constitutional and human rights law whereas the other issue contains academic papers presented at the anniversary symposium as well as other law review articles. The theme of the anniversary symposium is announced in advance for those who would be interested in submitting papers on the subject. On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Constitutional Court, an international symposium has been held on the theme of “Interpretation of the Constitution in Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms”, the papers of which will be published in June 2022 in issue no 39(1).

RCCJ publishes volumes on the case-law of the Constitutional Court in norm review and individual application on a yearly basis under the title of “Selected Judgments”. The individual application volume is also available in English, which can be reached here. RCCJ also prepares the Annual Report providing an overview of judicial work and other activities of the Constitutional Court in a calendar year, which can be found in English here.

RCCJ organizes international symposia within the scope anniversary of the Constitutional Court. The symposia are held with participation of academics and researchers concentrating on the theme, representatives of constitutional and supreme courts from around the world, and representatives of regional and international human rights organizations.

RCCJ also organizes conferences, symposia, roundtable meetings, workshops and online panels with cooperation of universities, law schools, and human rights institutions. The legal events are organized on national and international level, aiming at discussing constitutional and human rights law matters in connection with the case-law of the Constitutional Court.

RCCJ provides an overview of its activities in the annual report of the Constitutional Court. The pertinent part of the annual report of 2021 is available in English at this link.

The Research Center for Constitutional Justice is directed by Rapporteur Dr. Mücahit Aydın.