Reassessment of Turkey’s Objections to the Exclusion of Terrorism from the Rome Statute

03/12/2019

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 16, NUMBER 64, 2019

Şehmus KURTULUŞ*

ABSTRACT

Criminal justice response to terrorism and to the support for terrorism is still a hot topic in Turkey due to ongoing American military support for the PYD, which is Syrian wing of the internationally designated terrorist organization PKK whose indiscriminate attacks in Turkey has claimed lives of thousands of civilians. This article first discusses, in light of recent developments, whether exclusion of a separate crime of terrorism from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court can be a valid argument against Turkey’s accession to it. After discovering some of the possible contributions of Turkey’s Rome Statute accession to its decades-long struggle against terrorism, this study concludes that Turkey’s all other concerns regarding the accession should be periodically reevaluated.

Keywords: ICC, Turkey, PKK, Terrorism, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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* Assist Prof. Dr., Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Munzur University