The 2017 constitutional amendments, adopted by a popular referendum on April 16, 2017, brought major changes to the Turkish constitutional system. Most importantly, the referendum introduced an executive presidency, concentrating the executive powers of the former cabinet of ministers in the hands of a popularly elected president. This presentation will discuss the current powers of the president of Turkey under the present post-referendum constitutional system, with a special focus on his power to issue “presidential decrees” – a novel type of legislative instrument in Turkey. Recent decisions of the Constitutional Court of Turkey have somewhat clarified the contours of this new executive power, but questions as to the scope and nature of the presidential decree power still remain.
This webinar will be presented by Kayahan Cantekin. Kayahan is the Law Library’s foreign law specialist for Turkic-speaking jurisdictions. He has a law degree from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, a master of laws degree from King’s College London, and a doctorate in law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is admitted to the bar in Istanbul. He has been a foreign law specialist since June 2019 and has authored numerous reports and Global Legal Monitor articles, primarily on the laws of Turkey and Azerbaijan.