Basak Ertur

Lecturer in Law and the co-director of Centre for Law and the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London

Law & Critique: Law of Denial: The Armenian Genocide at the European Court of Human Rights

On 24 April 2019, France held its first official Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day, marking the 104th anniversary of the 1915 genocide. The national day of commemoration fulfilled an election pledge by President Emmanuel Macron, and drew the predictable angry tu quoque from Ankara, with Turkey’s President Erdoğan accusing France of hypocrisy and of trying to…

Trials Begin in Turkey for Academics for Peace

International solidarity is crucial at this time when our colleagues are facing criminal trials. On December 5, 2017, the trials began for those who signed the Academics for Peace petition in January 2016. Conducted by High Criminal Courts in Istanbul, these trials focus on a single individual at a time. Currently 148 trials are scheduled…

Something is Missing in the Hrant Dink Murder Ruling

Hrant Dink’s murder was the culminating point of a persecution campaign that can be traced back to February 2004, when he published claims to the effect that Sabiha Gökçen, the adopted daughter of Atatürk and the first woman war pilot of the Turkish Republic, was of Armenian descent. Dink’s claim provoked a public statement from…

London screening of ’48’ by Susana de Sousa Dias

48, Susana de Sousa Dias 93’ minutes, Betacam Digital, Portugal, 2009 screening and discussion with the director Friday 28 January, 6:30pm University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street opening night screening of: ¡Documentary Now! A Conference on the Contemporary Contexts and Possibilities of the Documentary From Kintop’s web site: After her film Natureza Morta-Visages d’une Dictature (Still Life),…

A Note on Violence

There is a determined constituency within the new student movement who do not rule out the use of physical force in protest. The damage they incur is far from random vandalism. The courage they display in refusing to be intimidated by the increasingly brutal tactics of the police has garnered some recognition from others within the movement. Yet the issue remains controversial and potentially divisive.