Principal Turkish legislation in the field of family justice and family law proceedings and background documents of the Council of Europe were translated into English and Turkish under the scope of the European Union and the Council of Europe Joint Project on “Improving the Effectiveness of Family Courts: Better Protection of the Rights of Family Members” which is implemented jointly by the Council of Europe and Justice Academy of Turkey. These documents are now published on the e-library platform which can be accessed through the following link: https://www.coe.int/en/web/ankara/joint-project-on-improving-the-effectiveness-of-family-courts-better-protection-of-the-rights-of-family-members
The documents translated into Turkish can be found under the headings of Committee of Minister Recommendations / Resolutions, Studies by European Committee on Legal Cooperation- Committee of Experts on Family Law and Legislations.
Under the Legislations feature, primary texts regarding family law and family court proceedings can be found. Translations of relevant legislations, official and unofficial translations have been revised and published accordingly.
Under Committee of Ministers Recommendations and Resolutions, it is possible to find its Recommendations and Resolutions on custody, divorce, alimony, children and other relevant issues.
The Report containing an evaluation of the Council of Europe legal instruments in the field of family law that was submitted to the Family Law Experts evaluates the existing conventions of the Council of Europe, recommendations and regulations in the field of family law, with a view to assessing whether they correspond to society’s current needs and represent the standards of the Council of Europe. Additionally, it examines the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in the field of family law with a view to identifying areas where the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and the CJ-FA can effectively contribute to the useful/best implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and advises on how the Council of Europe and, in particular, the CDCJ can ensure the monitoring of the family law legal instruments in its member states. It is an important study as it makes recommendations regarding the direction of future work in the field of family law which the Council may or should take.
The “Improving the Effectiveness of Family Courts: Better Protection of the Rights of Family Members” Project aims to ensure rule of law and fundamental rights in Turkey fully in line with international and European standards, with a specific objective of improving the effectiveness of family courts in protecting the rights of women, children, and other family members. The Joint Project, co-funded by the EU, will be implemented by the Council of Europe together with the Justice Academy of Turkey for a duration of 33 months, ending on 19 December 2023. The e-library platform will be updated regularly throughout the project’s implementation period.