The impact of the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on Turkey’s EU candidacy,

The main purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on Turkey’s bid for membership with the European Union. The main hypothesis of the present study considers the objectives of the EU and examines whether its policy regarding the issue of human rights in Turkey is, indeed, based upon the efficacy of the liberal assumption that there is a genuine link between democracy, respect for human rights and international stability. In any other case, the issue of human rights might have been manipulated as a precondition that instead of determining Turkey’s status, merely delays the processing of her application while keeping her at a close distance.


Christos Kassimeris is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at European University Cyprus

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