Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention: One Step Further, Two Steps Back : Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen 13
At the end of March 2021, the President Erdogan has, without the prior consent of the Parliament, issued a decree on Turkey's withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention). On the 10th anniversary of the Convention, this decision is seen an important setback to gender equality. In addition, the questions arise concerning a state's withdrawal from an international treaty in compliance with public international law but in breach of its own domestic law. In light of the national and international political uproar following this decision, Dilek Türközü (Turkish lawyer and PhD candidate at the Walther Schücking Institute) will analyse the legal implications of this decision.