The Raoul Wallenberg Institute cooperation in Turkey started in 1997 with seminars for police officials, undertaken in cooperation with the General Directorate of Security.
In 2000, the Institute initiated cooperation with Istanbul Bilgi University Human Rights Centre. Cooperation with Bilgi University continued until 2011, including an intensive training programme for Turkish judges and prosecutors with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice.
From 2005 to 2011, cooperation activities focused on supporting the process of strengthening human rights protection and promotion, rule of law and democracy in Turkey, and the capacity of academic institutions to contribute to this process.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute commenced a new four-year cooperation programme in Turkey in October 2011, the overall objective of which is to support the development of human rights teaching and research capacity (including on human rights of women) at legal education institutions in Turkey and the sharing of this expertise with students and justice sector stakeholders.
This programme is divided into the following main areas:
- Supporting the law faculties of Ankara University in Ankara (where work is also carried out with the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Political Sciences), Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir; Istanbul University in Istanbul, Anadolu University in Eskişehir and Selçuk University in Konya
- Supporting cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary networking and capacity development among junior academics with an interest in human rights across Turkey
- Supporting national dialogue on legal education reform.
The programme also includes cooperation with the Turkish Justice Academy and with the Police Academy in Ankara, as well as the Ministry of Justice. A programme is being developed to continue and deepen these partnerships for the period of 2015-2020.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute programme in Turkey is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).