ECHR rejects Turkey’s judge nominees for third time

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday rejected Turkey’s list of judge nominees to the court on grounds the candidates are ‘’insufficient’’ for the third consecutive time, independent news site Diken reported.

The rejection arrives as the European court continues to search for a name to replace the court’s Turkish vice president Işıl Karakaş, whose term is set to end in 2019.

The ruling committee determined that none of the three candidates presented by Turkey fit the criteria for ECHR judge selection, the site said.

Last year, Turkey sent to the committee responsible for selecting ECHR judges of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) a list that included judges Hacı Ali Açıkgül, Fatma Bilim and Yusuf Aksar, who failed to failed to receive the approval of a consulting unit made up of international experts.

Turkey then prepared a second list in Oct. 2017, which included Famile Fatma Arslan, a Dutch citizen and lawyer working in the Netherlands, Ergin Ergül, a deputy undersecretary of the Turkish Prime Ministry and Basri Bağcı, a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals. The candidates on the second list were also rejected by the court.

Turkey's third list included Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) international relations Professor Necati Polat, Marmara University faculty of law Professor Selami Kuran and Ankara University political science professor Esra Gül Dardağan Kibar.

The latest list, sent on Sept. 29, is the third list of nominees to be rejected by the court.

The  ECHR requires that the judges speak English or French and at least have a rudimentary level of  another language that they are not completely in command of.