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Victims’ Rights: A Comparative Study of the eu Directive on Victims’ Rights and Turkish Law

Victims’ Rights: A Comparative Study of the eu Directive on Victims’ Rights and Turkish Law In light of international advances in victims’ rights, their evolution and current status within national laws could be attributed to the efforts of international bodies. The latest European Union (eu) Victims’ Directive is the most detailed legislation to date. As a prospective eu Member State, Turkey should model this Directive. This comparative study identifies Turkey’s deficiencies in victims’ rights and highlights structural and cultural differences in provisions for victims’ rights within the eu Directive and Turkish law. Turkey’s ensuing adoption of Western law necessitates prerequisite awareness-raising on victims’ rights among authorities. While Turkey’s existing legal system entails effective legal remedies for ensuring victims’ rights within criminal proceedings, victim support services, additional protective measures and non-governmental organisations (ngos) remain inadequate. Thus, Turkey is more in need of a roadmap and planning than of legal regulation. In this regard, the eu Victims’ Directive can provide valuable insights. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance Brill

Victims’ Rights: A Comparative Study of the eu Directive on Victims’ Rights and Turkish Law

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
2213-4506
eISSN
2213-4514
DOI
10.1163/22134514-00302004
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Abstract

In light of international advances in victims’ rights, their evolution and current status within national laws could be attributed to the efforts of international bodies. The latest European Union (eu) Victims’ Directive is the most detailed legislation to date. As a prospective eu Member State, Turkey should model this Directive. This comparative study identifies Turkey’s deficiencies in victims’ rights and highlights structural and cultural differences in provisions for victims’ rights within the eu Directive and Turkish law. Turkey’s ensuing adoption of Western law necessitates prerequisite awareness-raising on victims’ rights among authorities. While Turkey’s existing legal system entails effective legal remedies for ensuring victims’ rights within criminal proceedings, victim support services, additional protective measures and non-governmental organisations (ngos) remain inadequate. Thus, Turkey is more in need of a roadmap and planning than of legal regulation. In this regard, the eu Victims’ Directive can provide valuable insights.

Journal

European Journal of Comparative Law and GovernanceBrill

Published: Jun 1, 2016

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