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Dr. Osman Can

İSTANBUL, TURKEY

  • Constitutional Scholar
  • Reporting Judge at the Turkish Constitutional Court
  • Member of Central Committee of AK Party
  • Selected Jurist of the Year 2010 in Turkey

Dr. Osman Can  graduated from 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 President of the States in Turkish and German Constitutional Law."  In 2001, he began to work as the 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 of 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 did research about individual applicants (Constitutional Complaint) and fundamental rights in several universities in Frankfurt, Cologne and Erlangen and at the German Constitutional Court. His constitutional statements on trade unions and the rights of public employee to strike were accepted by Constitutional Court and became its jurisprudence.

His suggestions about the denial of banning DEHAP (a Kurdish oppositional 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, and in April of this year he became a full professor.

In 2007, he was also the rapporteur-judge for the case of constitutional amendments, which provided that the President of the Republic should be elected directly by the people. His recommendation was accepted.  In 2008, he took 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. In that same year he was honored as the "Jurist of the Year" by the Lawyers Association.  In October of that year he returned to the academic world and left the Constitutional Court. Since July of 2011 he has been a lecturer in the Department of Constitutional Law at Marmara University.

In 2011, he was presented the "Thinker of the year" by Writers Union of Turkey.  Currently, he offers counseling based on political, legal and economical analysis, to national and international companies at macro level.  Since September of 2012, he also serves as a member of the Central Decision-Making and Administrative Committee of AK Party. He is also Member of the AK Party's Constitutional Committee, which leads the constitution-making process in Turkey.