Despite increasing subordination of the judiciary to executive authorities, Turkish cause lawyering associations are more assertive than ever in their defiance of forced closures and legal persecution. Why would activist lawyers ‘play the game’ of law when the legal system is being undermined? Focusing on the historical genesis of Turkey’s oldest activist lawyering association, the Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD), I argue that Turkish legal activism results from not just clashing political causes but also the strategies attorneys are forced to adopt to effect change within an authoritarian-corporatist structure designed to constrict their activities. The ÇHD and similar groups are not merely extensions of the formal juridical order; they also constitute a grassroots engagement with the law that refuses to conform to the categories, narratives, procedures and ends of the state’s legal institutions.
The Challenge of Turkish Lawyering Associations
Legal Selves and Imaginaries in the Wake of Substance Treatment Reform in Norway
individuals navigate between them. Siv’s legal mobilisation occurred because she understood early in the process that the legal judgement determines the medical judgement in many ways. When she lost faith in justice and in the medical system as a result of the
Protest and daily life in poor South African neighborhoods
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