Female academic elected as the new Turkish judge to European court

Scholar Saadet Yüksel was elected to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as the representative judge for Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The election process of the Turkish judge to the European Court of Human Rights is completed with the voting at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 9 April 2019,” the ministry said. 

Yüksel will replace Işıl Karakaş, whose term expired two years ago. The Turkish government submitted to PACE lists of possible candidates to replace Karakaş three times, but none of the previous candidates were elected on the grounds that they did not meet the criteria. 

“Our government has conducted a meticulous process in order to identify qualified candidates to be submitted for election to the court,” the ministry said. 

Yüksel, who will serve at the ECHR for the next nine years, has worked for the Istanbul University Law School since 2006 and chaired the university’s Constitutional Law Department since 2017. She gained a masters degree from Harvard University in 2011.