Turkey: A Paradigm Shift

On May 15th at Columbia SIPA, TLSP will co-host a panel bringing together distinguished speakers to discuss the paradigm shift fuelled by the latest local elections in Turkey. On May 6th, the Turkish Supreme Election Council’s decision on the re-run of local elections in Istanbul shook the country to its core. Panellists will discuss what the future holds for citizens politically and socially, where this shift will take the country next, and importantly what this means for the rule of law and freedom of expression. In light of Professor Fusun Ustel’s imprisonment on Tuesday May 7th 2019, panellists will expand on academic freedom. 


Chad Kautzer, Chair - Professor of Philosophy, Lehigh University

Sarah Clarke, Article 19, Head of Europe and Central Asia

Ayse Bingol Demir, Lawyer, Turkey Litigation Support Project

Cem Ozatalay, University in Exile Visiting Research Scholar at The New School

Giran Ozcan, HDP US Representative

Aykan Erdemir, Former CHP MP, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies 

Sezgin Tanrikulu, CHP Member of Parliament (via Skye)


Research Institute on Turkey

Article 19

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Columbia Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Turkey Litigation Support Project


Columbia SIPA

420 W 118th Street, New York, NY

Room #707

For more information: https://m.facebook.com/events/350034255717809/