Integrating Gender into Research in Turkey

The RWI Turkey Programme has for a long time recognized that gender often is ignored in many research proposals. This is largely due to the lack of capacity and knowledge. Even though the Programme receives an impressive amount of high-quality gender-targeted research proposals for the research grants and scholarships each year, gender is far from…

How Can Better Understanding of the Decisions Refugees Make Improve Protection?

We recently convened a workshop on refugee decision-making in first countries of asylum in Istanbul with leading academics and researchers. The concept of a first country of asylum is in itself problematic, as it suggests a degree of safety, including protection from refoulement, that may in fact not be guaranteed. The vast majority of the…

Reducing Turkish Rejections at the European Court of Human Rights

Thirty-five percent of all Turkish applications to the European Court of Human Rights are rejected due to some procedural or other type of mistake or misunderstanding. RWI is working to lower that percentage. A recent 2-day workshop with 15 lawyers in Istanbul aimed to strengthen law case applications of Turkish lawyers to the European Court…

Raoul Wallenberg PhD Support Program in Human Rights Launched in Turkey

The Raoul Wallenberg (RW) PhD Support Program in Human Rights is designed for doctoral (PhD) students in Turkey pursuing their thesis in law, political or social sciences on specific human rights topics relevant to Turkey. The primary aims of the program are to increase the number of PhD work related to human rights topics in…

“More Powerful as a Woman and a Student of Law”

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute recently held a gender and law training program in Turkey. Twenty young female law students in their third and fourth years of law from fourteen faculties across Turkey participated in the course. The students focused on how law and legal processes are gendered. These students will graduate in one or two…