12 MAY 2014



08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Opening

09:30 – 11:00 1st Panel Constitutional culture

Chairperson: Dr. Serdar ÖZGÜLDÜR (President of the Court of Jurisdictional Disputes)

–       Professor David SCHNEIDERMAN, University of Toronto

Canadian Constitutional Culture: Openness and Closure to the Other

–       Doç.Dr. Ali Rıza ÇOBAN (Chief Rapporteur of the Turkish Constitutional Court)

Constitutionalism and Turkey’s Quest for a New Constitution

–       Prof.Dr. Levent KÖKER (Atılım University)

A Critical Evaluation of the Models of Conceptualization of Politics-Constitution Relationships, in the Context of Constitutional Debate


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 2nd Panel Constitution and Identity

Chairperson: Hasan KORMAZCAN (Honorary President of the Turkish Parliamentary Union)

–       Professor Barry COOPER, University of Calgary

Constitutional Debates and Canadian Identities

–       Professor Louis ROUSSEAU, Universite de Quebec a Montreal

The Unresolved Equation of Canada: Taking into Account the Plurality of Component Nations

–       Doç.Dr. Öykü Didem AYDIN (Hacettepe University)

Problem of Parliamentary Constitutionalism Paradox in National, Ethnic or Religious Communities and a Proposition of Democratic Convention for a New Constitution in Turkey


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 3rd Panel Constitution and Freedoms

Chairperson: Dr. Bahadır KILINÇ (Reporter of Turkish Constitutional Court)

–       Prof.Dr. Erdal TERCAN (Member of Turkish Constitutional Court)

Rights and Freedoms That Could Be Subject to the Individual Petition

–       Professor Kathleen Elizabeth MAHONEY, University of Calgary

The Canadian Constitutional Approach to Freedom of Expression in Hate Propaganda and Pornography

–       Prof.Dr. Kemal BAŞLAR (Turkish National Police Academy)

European Court of Human Rights as a Supranational Constitutional Court


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 4th Panel Constitution and Institutions

Chairperson: Prof.Dr. İbrahim ÖZDEMİR

–       David N. OSWALD, President and Founder of DE Design and Environment Inc.

Sustainable Development and its Implications for Constitutional and Cultural Issues: Governmental and Corporate Insights from Canada and the Caribbean

–       Lori NEWTON, Executive Legal Officer, Office of the Chief Justice

Canadian Court Structure and Judicial Appointment Procedure in Ontario

–       Mehmet Nihat ÖMEROĞLU (Chief Ombudsman)

Ombudsman in Turkey in the Light of the Constitutional Developments


17:30 – 18:00 Closing Speeches

18:00 – 19:00 Transportation to Dinner

19:00 – Dinner and/or Reception