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Professor Dr. iur. Osman Can

Professor at the Marmara University Law School.


Prof. Dr. Osman Can graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1992. In 1993 he began his career as a research assistant at the Faculty of Law in Erzincan. In 1997 he got his master’s degree at the University of Cologne, Germany, on "The Legal Status of President of the States in Turkish and German Constitutional Law". He become Doctor of Public Law at the same University on “The Constitutional Limits of Freedom of Thought”.  In 2001 he began to work as assistant professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law of Erzincan University.


He was appointed to the Constitutional Court as rapporteur-judge in July 2002. During this period, considered as the most turbulent period of Turkey’s political history, he was assigned the task of solving the critical constitutional problems.

In 2003, he founded the Turkish-German Forum for Public Law and became the coordinator of Turkey.


He conducted a research about individual applications (Constitutional Complaint) and fundamental rights in several universities in Frankfurt, Cologne and Erlangen. He worked as visiting professor at Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.


His constitutional statements on trade unions and the rights of public employee to strike were accepted by the Constitutional Court and became its jurisprudence.


His suggestions about the denial of banning DEHAP (a Kurdish opposition party) and TSIP (a socialist oppositional party), were accepted in 2005-2006.


Also in 2005, as a result of his suggestion, the privatization of Turkish Telekom and ports became possible.


In 2006, he became an associate professor by unanimous decision of the Board of Higher Education Jury. His habilitations thesis was “The Democratizations Process and Closing of Political Parties in Turkey”.


In 2007, being the rapporteur-judge for the case of constitutional amendments, he recommended that the President of the Republic should be elected directly by the people. His recommendation was accepted.


In 2008 he took the responsibility of the case, which demanded the closure of AK Party (Ruling Party) and recommended the opinion about the denial of the request. The recommendation was accepted.


In 2010, he was a co-founder of the association Democratic Judiciary, an association calling for the impartiality and plurality of the judiciary. Same year, the Lawyers Association honored him as the “Jurist of the Year”.


In October 2010 he resigned from the Constitutional Court. After Constitutional Amendments had been approved through the referendum 2010, he started the initiative for a new constitution. The Platform for New Constitution arranged countrywide people meetings to prepare the framework for the first social contract of Republic of Turkey. He was drafter for many constitutional proposals and statements, which was taking in consideration by the “The Constitution Reconciliation Committee” of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.


Since July 2011 he has been a lecturer at Marmara University Law School.


In 2011 he was awarded the "Thinker of the year" by Writers Union of Turkey.


He had the opportunity become Member of the Party Council of AKP (Justice and Development Party) and a deputy of Turkish Parliament in 2015. As of 2015 he gave a pause to his political career and returned to the University.


He speaks Turkish, German and English.

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