Emre Turkut, Ph.D, LL.M

Dr. Turkut is a lecturer in the School of International Relations and Diplomacy.

He received his Ph.D in international law from Ghent University and remains an affiliated researcher at the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI). Before joining AAU, Emre was a post-doctoral researcher at the Hertie School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights from 2021 to 2023.

Turkut’s research covers a variety of fields within the domains of public international law, international human rights law and comparative constitutional law. His research outputs have appeared in top-tier journals and received several scholarly awards and prizes including an honorable mention for the American Society of Comparative Law’s prestigious Colin B. Picker Prize in Comparative Law in 2020.

Turkut previously taught at the Riga Graduate School of Law and held a Swedish Institute visiting fellowship at Uppsala University from 2018 to 2019, along with a DAAD fellowship at the Hertie School from 2019 to 2020. From 2021 to 2022, he was likewise a re:constitution fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the European Court of Human Rights.

Along with his academic work, Turkut is frequently contacted by NGOs and global media platforms to give expert opinions on issues of human rights, international law and Turkish law. He also serves as a legal consultant and expert witness on Turkish law to several private entities.


states of emergency, derogations, counter-terrorism and human rights, algorithmic persecution, authoritarian rule of law, judicial politics in authoritarian regimes, international law in domestic courts and transnational judicial dialogue.

Media Appearances

Academic Publications

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Expert Reports

2023   “Perils of Unconstrained Prosecutorial Discretion: Prosecuting Terrorism Offences in Post-Coup Turkeya report published by the Italian Federation of Human Rights (with Ali Yildiz and Kevin Dent)

2021   “Algorithmic persecution in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown: The FETÖ-Meter system” – a report published by Statewatch (with Ali Yildiz).

2020   “Impunity in Turkey Today” (Rapporteurs’ report), Turkey Tribunal, September 2020 (with Yves Haeck)

2019-21 “Chapter on Turkey” in R. Albert, D. Landau, and P. Faraguna (eds.) ICONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law, The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy (2021, 2020 and 2019 editions)