Rıza Türmen

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Rıza Mahmut Türmen
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Born (1941-06-17) June 17, 1941 (age 76)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Istanbul University
McGill University
Ankara University
Occupation Judge, diplomat, politician
Political party Republican People's Party (CHP)

Rıza Mahmut Türmen (born 17 June 1941, Istanbul, Turkey), is a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights and currently an MP for Izmir in the Turkish Parliament, with the Republican People's Party.

He graduated from Istanbul University law faculty in 1964. He took a master's degree in at McGill University, Montreal, before doing his doctorate at Ankara University faculty of political science.

Türmen has held various positions at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he joined in 1966. In 1978, he was appointed Turkey’s representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization. He was ambassador to Singapore in 1985. From 1989 to 1994 he worked in Ankara as the Director General responsible for the Council of Europe, United Nations, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and human rights. From 1995 to 1996 he was ambassador to Switzerland at Bern. Between 1996 and 1997, Türmen was the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe. From 1998 to 2008, he was the Turkish judge for the European Court of Human Rights.

Since his retirement he has written a column for the Turkish newspaper Milliyet.[1] Rıza Türmen is also known as a campaigner for the independence of the judiciary in Turkey.[2] [3]

He is married to Dr Tomris Türmen. The couple has one daughter.


Articles and publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Riza Turmen". Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Turkey's Judge at ECHR Accuses AKP Government of Restricting Judicial Independence". Milliyet. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Judicial reform should be in balance with executive power, says top judge". Hürriyet Daily News. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2011-10-17.