This is an overview of an internet research on legislation in Turkey (as of January 2019). This overview aims to serve as a starting point to facilitate the research into legal texts. However, it should not replace independent verification of the different legal texts as to their currency, validity and accuracy. Please also bear in mind that official translations of legal texts only exist in rare cases.

Researching Laws

The state-run online portal Mevzuat Bilgi Sistemi (“Legislative Information System”) provides Turkish versions of laws, presidential decrees, regulations, notifications and administrative procedures that were published in the Official Gazette. The website can be browsed using a search function, but is only available in Turkish. There is a table at the end of each legal document illustrating the amendments to the respective law, including the date of its entry into force:

Legislationline is an online platform maintained by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), providing access to international and domestic laws:

The Refworld database, operated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), provides the option to search for English translations of some legislative texts:

To access the collection of national laws of Turkey on ecoi.net, please follow this link.

Constitution

The state-run online portal Mevzuat Bilgi Sistemi offers a Turkish version of the 1982 Constitution, including the amendments that were adopted by the referendum on 16 April 2017 and published in the Official Gazette on 27 April 2017:

An English version of the 1982 Constitution with amendments, including those of April 2017, is available at the website of the Turkish National Assembly (in this version the day of the referendum (16 April 2017) is cited as the amendment date):

Criminal Code

A Turkish version of the Penal Code of 2004 with amendments that came into force in June 2018 is provided by the state-run Mevzuat Bilgi Sistemi:

The latest publicly available English version of the 2004 Turkish Penal Code was published by the Council of Europe in February 2016 and includes amendments up to March 2015:

Criminal Procedure Code

The Criminal Procedure Code with amendments that came into force up to June 2018 as well as a decree of the Constitutional Court of December 2018 that has not yet become effective can be found on the state-run online portal Mevzuat Bilgi Sistemi:

An English translation of the 2004 Turkish Criminal Procedure Code was prepared by Prof. Dr. Feridun Yenisey, Director of the Institute for Global Understanding of Rule of Law at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, in 2009 and published on Legislationline. Neither the document itself nor the metadata reveal which amendments this translation includes:

Citizenship Law

A Turkish version of the 2009 Citizenship Law, including amendments that came into force in June 2018, is available at the state-run Mevzuat Bilgi Sistemi:

An unofficial English translation of the Citizenship Law 2009 including amendments up to April 2018 is available under the following link on Refworld:


(Sources accessed at 31 January 2019)

Cite as:

ACCORD - Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation: ecoi.net Turkey Law Guide, January 2019
https://www.ecoi.net/en/countries/turkey/law-guide/