Secretary of the Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations Kadir Yaman and Legal Officer of the Secretariat Azar Mammadov took part at the International Kurultai on Turkic Legal History held from 6 to 8 December 2023 at the Nation's Library of the Presidency in Ankara. The Kurultai was organized by Justice Academy Türkiye in cooperation with the Turkish Historical Society, and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA).
The event brought together representatives of academic communities, particularly legal scholars and historians from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Türkiye, Uzbekistan, Hungary and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as well as statesmen and representatives of Turkic Cooperation Organizations.
Minister of Justice of the Republic of Türkiye Yılmaz Tunç, President of the Justice Academy of Türkiye Muhittin Özdemir, President of the Turkish Historical Society Prof. Dr. Yüksel Özgen, President of the Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History Ambassador Prof. Dr. Derya Örs and Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Sadi Jafarov delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.
29th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, former TURKPA Chairman-in-Office Mustafa Şentop addressed the Kurultai as a keynote speaker. Speaking about understanding and essence of law, Mr. Şentop underlined the significance of study of the Turkic legal history. He touched on the legal cooperation in the Turkic World and in this context, stressed the activities within TURKPA, particularly the development of model legislation. Mr. Şentop noted the issues of erosion of international law against the backdrop of political developments taking place in the world. He also emphasized the importance of common alphabet in the Turkic World and the role it could play in the transmission of cultural values, and noted the ongoing efforts in this framework.
The Kurultai aimed at the development of a common legal understanding among the Turkic states and nations, providing a valuable resource for contemporary legal theory and practices, and creating awareness within this context. The program included five sessions titled "Statesmen shaping Turkic legal history", "Institutions shaping Turkic legal history", "Legal scholars shaping Turkic legal history", "Legal texts shaping Turkic legal history" and "Events shaping Turkic legal history" during which the participants shared information on unique legal systems and traditions of the Turkic states.
The event concluded with a Closing and Evaluation Session.
TURKPA delegates met with the President of the Justice Academy of Türkiye Muhittin Özdemir within the framework of the Kurultai. Prospects of cooperation between the two institutions were discussed during the meeting.