EU law accepted as separate discipline in universities

Nowadays, something rarely positive happens in Turkish-European Union relations. That’s why, when news broke on Friday 19 June that EU law can be studied as a discipline, a wave of joy spread in the WhatsApp group of the Turkey branch of the Women in Foreign Policy initiative, writes Barcin Yinanc for Hurriyet Daily News.

Professor Sanem Baykal, who has dedicated three decades to EU law in the Ankara University Faculty of Law, announced that her decade-long fight together with her colleagues on behalf of EU law has achieved a positive outcome. In an interview with Gulcin Karabag from Mediascope on 20 June, Baykal said Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YÖK) had recently eliminated administrative hurdles to open the way for scholars to build their academic career on EU law.

To understand the significance of this decision, we first need to understand the peculiarity of EU law, for it is neither a national law nor international law. By sharing part of their sovereign jurisdictions, EU member countries have created a different and separate “legal space”, affecting not only EU countries but also non-member countries. That’s why it is studied even in countries like China, let alone in candidate countries.
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