Dr Özgür H. Çınar

Dr Özgür H. Çınar LLB, LLM, PhD

Associate Professor in Law

Key details

Dr Özgür H. H Çınar

Associate Professor in Law


Dr Özgür H. Çɪnar is a lawyer.  He completed his PhD at the School of Law, University of Essex in 2012 on the subject of conscientious objection to military service and the case of Turkey.  Previously, he worked in various institutions such as University of Essex and BPP University.  He carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford (St Antony's College, Law Department and Kellogg College) between November 2012 and September 2016.  Moreover, he works as a legal expert for the Council of Europe since 2008.

Law

Law

Responsibilities within the university

  • Teaching Public Law, Human Rights Law, EU Law, Law in Practice, Legal Skills, and Problem Solving and the Law
  • Module leader of Law in Practice (Level 4) and Legal Skills (Level 5)
  • Co-Module Leader of Problem Solving and the Law (Level 5)
  • Co-Module Leader of Business, Human Rights and the Environment (Level 7)
  • Programme Leader of LLM endorsement programme on Business, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Link tutor of Summer Law School
  • An Organising Committee Member, SHIFT 2022 Conference
  • Co-convener of the research lunch seminars

Awards

  • 2020-2021 Nomination for the Inspirational Teaching- Student Led Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich
  • 2019-2020 Nomination for Student Led Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich
  • 2015-2016 BPP University (BPP Award - Outstanding Contribution in Organising Extracurricular Events and Teaching)
  • 2015-2016 BPP University (BPP Award - Outstanding Contribution in Organising Extracurricular Events and Teaching)

Recognition

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Series Law Book Editor at Transnational London Press
  • Bournemouth University and Anglia Ruskin University: External Examiner
  • Istanbul Bar Association and Turkish Bar Association: Qualified Lawyer
  • The Society of Legal Scholars: Member
  • The UK Constitutional Law Association: Member
  • The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society: Member
  • Member of Governing Council of Qualifi (an Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation)
  • Member of Governing Council of UK Certified Knowledge Association (An Awarding Organisation)
  • Board member of Research and Policy on Turkey (international journal, published by Taylor and Francis in association with Research Turkey)
  • Member of Academic Council of an awarding body, called 'UK-Certified Knowledge Association' (Previously known `The Corporation of Executives and Administrators')

Research / Scholarly interests

Public Law, Human Rights Law, European Union (EU) Law, English Legal System/Method, Legal Skills and Research Methodology

Funded research projects

Date Title of Grant Total Amount Awarded
2019-2020Promoting Pluralism and Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey's Education System7,500 EUR
2017-2018Enhancement of Participatory Democracy in Turkey: Gender Equality Monitoring Project3,000 EUR
2014-2015University of Oxford (TUBITAK Postdoctoral Research Fellowship)22,800 EUR
2012-2013University of Oxford (Senior Associate Membership - Postdoctoral Research)10,000 GBP
2011-2018European Union Grands for K101, K102, K201 and K202 Projects300,000 EUR
2005-2008University of Essex (PhD scholarship)13,500 GBP
2006-2007British Council Turkey (PhD scholarship)13,400 GBP
2001-2004Istanbul Bilgi University (LLM scholarship)5,500 USD

Recent publications

Books:      

  • Çınar, Özgür H., (Forthcoming in August 2021), Introduction to Public Law: Revision Guidance, Transnational Press London: London
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey: Religion, Society and Politics, Palgrave Macmillan: New York
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), Introduction to EU Law: Revision Guidance, Transnational Press London: London
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), Introduction to English Legal System: Revision Guidance, Transnational Press London: London
  • Çınar, Özgür H.; Yıldırım, Mine; Yılmaz, Zehra & Arslan, Hilal, (2018), 'Gender Equality in terms of Accessing to the Religious Services', CEID: Ankara
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Yıldırım, Mine (Eds.), (2014), Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), Conscientious Objection to Military Service and Turkey's Obligations under International Human Rights Law, Palgrave Macmillan: New York
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), Uluslararası İnsan Hakları Hukukunda Vicdani Red ve Türkiye (Conscientious Objection in International Human Rights Law and Turkey), Istanbul Bilgi University Publishing: Istanbul
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2013), Conscientious Objection to Military Service in International Human Rights Law, Palgrave Macmillan: New York
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Üsterci, Coşkun (Eds.), (2009), Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society, Zed Books: London and New York
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Üsterci, Coşkun (Eds.), (2008), Çarklardaki Kum Tanesi: Vicdani Red- Düşünsel Kaynaklar ve Deneyimler (Sand in the Wheels: Conscientious Objection – Philosophical Sources and Experiences), İletişim Publishing House: Istanbul
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2005), Avrupa İnsan Hakları Mahkemesi Kararlarının Türk Hukukuna Etkisi (The Effects of the European Court of Human Rights Decisions' on the Turkish Legal System), Istanbul Branch of the Human Rights Association, Istanbul

Book Chapters:

  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2020), A Journey into the unknown: Brexit and the implications for freedom of religion and belief in the UK, in Smyth, Claire-Michalle and others (Eds.), Contemporary Challenges to Human Rights Law, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 105-136
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2015), Compulsory religious Education in International Law and Turkey's Obligations, in Özçelik, Sevgi (Ed.), Compulsory Religious Education in Turkey, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly: Istanbul, pp. 17-31
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), 'Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Turkey and the Military Nation', in Çınar, Özgür H. and Yıldırım, Mine (Eds.), Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 139-163
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), 'An Unsolved Issue: Religious Education in International Human Rights Law and the Case of Turkey', in Çınar, Özgür H. and Yıldırım, Mine (Eds.), Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 185-206
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2013), 'The Structure and Function of Parliamentary System in the UK', in Coşkun, Bayram & Aktaş, Murat (Eds.), Presidency System: A Comparative Analysis and Evaluation for Turkey, Nobel Academic Publishing House: Ankara, pp. 73-104. (The updated version of this book chapter was published by Liberte Publication House in 2015, pp. 153-184)
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2009), 'A View on International Implementation of the Right to Conscientious Objection', in Çınar, Özgür H. & Üsterci, Coşkun (Eds.), Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society, Zed Books: London and New York, pp. 183-197
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2008), 'A General View on the Right to Conscientious Objection from the Countries of the Council of Europe', in Çınar, Özgür H. & Üsterci, Coşkun (Eds.), Çarklardaki Kum Tanesi: Vicdani Red- Düşünsel Kaynaklar ve Deneyimler (Sand in the Wheels: Conscientious Objection – Philosophical Sources and Experiences), İletişim Publishing House: Istanbul, pp. 235-246

Articles:

  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), ‘Politically Motivated Prosecutions and Detentions: Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2)’, Border Crossing, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 25-30.
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), Conscientious Objectors Seeking Asylum: A Comparative Perspective, The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 179-202
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), The current case law of the European Court of Human Rights on privacy: challenges in the digital age, The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 26-51
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2019), 'The Right to Privacy in International Human Rights Law', Journal of Information Systems & Operations Management (Refereed Journal), Vol. 13, Issue 1
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Temperman, Jeroen, (2018), 'Freedom of Religion and Belief in the UK', Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 1-2
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Sirin, Tolga, (2017), 'Turkey's Human Rights Agenda', Research and Policy on Turkey, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 133-143
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2017), 'Victim's Rights in the United Kingdom in the Light of International Law', Human Rights Review, Volume 7, Issue 13, pp. 1-14
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2015), 'The Manifestation of Religion or Belief in the Public Sphere: A Comparative Analysis of Turkey and the United Kingdom', Law and Justice- Critical Law Journal, Vol. 13-999, pp. 63-104
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), 'Arbitration System in English Law', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 6-126, pp. 44-45
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Temperman, Jeroen, (2013), 'Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey', Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 3, pp. 179-181
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2013), 'Compulsory Religious Education in Turkey', Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 3, pp. 223-241
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2012), 'How to Prepare The Right to Join a Trade Union in the New Constitution in the Framework of European Convention on Human Rights', Legal Journal of Labour and Social Security Law, Vol. 3, pp. 133-152
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2012), 'Conscientious Objection and the European Court of Human Rights', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 10-106, pp. 10-11
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Üsterci, Coşkun, (2010), 'Imagine there is a war and nobody participates- Conscientious Objection for Peace', Peace, Special Issue.
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Erdal, Uğur, (2008), 'Admissibility Criteria under Article 35 of the European Convention on Human Rights', Crimen e Poena, Vol. 4, pp. 196-214
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Erdal, Uğur, (2008), 'Admissibility Criteria in accordance with Article 35(2) and (3) of the European Convention on Human Rights', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 11-59, pp. 61-64
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Erdal, Uğur, (2008), 'The Rule of Exhausting Domestic Remedies in Accordance with Article 35 of the ECHR', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 8-56, pp. 38-39
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Erdal, Uğur.- Akçaoğlu, Levent, (2008), 'The Rule of Six Months of the Application at the European Court of Human Rights-2: Civil and Administrative Law Cases', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 7-55, pp. 30-31
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Erdal, Uğur, (2008), 'The Rule of Six Months of the Application at the European Court of Human Rights', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 6-54, pp. 50-51
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2007), 'Conscientious Objection to Military Service in International Human Rights Law and the Case of Turkey', Turkish Bar Association Journal, Volume 72, pp. 94-108
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2007), 'Following the International Conference on Conscientious Objection', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 3-39, pp. 28-29
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2006), 'Where are the Glassy Walls?', Güncel Law Journal, Vol. 10-34, pp. 50-52

Blog Articles:

Book reviews:

  • Book review on Advocate (Av.) Mehmet Gün, Turkey's Middle-Democracy Issues and How to Solve Them: Judiciary, Accountability and Fair Representation, Gün+: North Yorkshire, 2020, ISBN 978-1-913071-55-4, 537 pp (in Border Crossing, Volume 11, No. 3, December 2020, pp. 245-249)

Reports:

  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2021), ‘The Report as to whether the selective religious classes are compatible with international law standards (especially with Toledo Guiding Principles)’, Association for Monitoring Equal Rights and Norwegian Helsinki Committee: Istanbul
  • Çınar, Özgür H.; Sancar, Serpil; Yıldırım, Mine; Yılmaz, Zehra & Arslan, Hilal, (2018), 'Gender Equality in Access to Religious Services Mapping and Monitoring Study', Association for Monitoring Gender Equality: Ankara
  • Çınar, Özgür H., (2014), 'Manifestation of Religion or Belief in the Public Sphere', Law Faculty and Research Turkey: University of Oxford (In Turkish and English)
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Öktem, Kerem, (2013), 'Freedom or Unfreedom in Turkey: Religion, Society and Politics', Seesox: Oxford
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Sugden, Jonathan, (2006), 'Turkey: First Steps Toward Independent Monitoring of Police Stations and Gendarmeries', Human Rights Watch: London

Translations:

  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Kaya, Abdulcelil, “The Right to Life: A Guide to the Implementation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights” (Yaşam Hakkı- Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesi’nin 2. maddesinin Uygulanmasına İlişkin Kılavuz Kitap), Douwe Korff, Council of Europe: November 2006
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Kaya, Abdulcelil, “Positive Obligations Under the European Convention on Human Rights: A Guide to the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” (Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesi Kapsamında Pozitif Sorumluluklar- Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesinin Uygulanmasına İlişkin Kılavuz Kitap), Jean- François Akandji-Kombe, Council of Europe: January 2007
  • Çınar, Özgür H. & Kaya, Abdulcelil, “The Right to Property Under the European Convention on Human Rights: A Guide to the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and Its Protocols” (Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesi Kapsamında Mülkiyet Hakkı- Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesi ve Ek Protokollerinin Uygulanmasına İlişkin Kılavuz Kitap), Aida Grgić, Zvonimir Mataga, Matija Longar ve Ana Vilfan, Council of Europe: June 2007
  • Çınar, Özgür H.,“Still Critical- Prospects in 2005 for Internally Displaced Kurds in Turkey” (Halan Kritik- Türkiye’de Yerinden Edilen Kürtlerin 2005 Yılındaki Durumu), Human Rights Watch, March 2005

Presentations

He presented his papers at the following conferences:

Brexit and Its International Implications on Religious Communities in the UK, University of Greenwich, 29 April 2021

Brexit and Freedom of Religion and Belief, Marmara University, 19 April 2021

Brexit and Hate Speech, Université Du Luxembourg, 26 May 2020

Multi-disciplinary approaches to contemporary issues in Religion and Society, University of Westminster, 17 October 2019

Contemporary Challenges to Human Rights Law, University of Brighton, 1 December 2018

Brexit and its Impacts on the UK, London Churchill College, 26 October 2018

Direct Question and Cross Examination in the Criminal Procedural Law, Turkish Ministry of Justice- Justice Academy, 4 March 2017

The Current State of Turkish Academia, Open University, 23 November 2016

UK and EU Relationship, London Churchill College, 17 November 2016

Victims' Rights in the UK in the light of International Law, International Istanbul Law Congress, 19 October 2016

Introduction to English Legal System, Bahçesehir University, 17 October 2016

Conscientious Objection in Turkey: Conscription and the Myth of the Military Nation, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 1 March 2016

Constitutional and Administrative Law in English Law, Istanbul Aydin University, 17 February 2016

Cross Examination in the UK and Turkey, Antalya Bar Association, 18-19 September 2015

Right to Demonstration: Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Objection, Ankara University, 4 April 2015

Cross Examination in the UK, Turkish Bar Association, 10-11 April 2015

Conscientious Objection, The United Nations, 18 September 2014

Europe - A Chocolate Soldier? A Peaceful or Warlike Continent?, Amnesty International UK Europe Conference, 5 October 2013

Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Turkey and the Military Nation, University of Oxford, 3 December 2012

Faraway, So Close? Reaching Beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey's EU Accession, Berlin Free University, 3-5 February 2011

Human Rights Beyond Borders Challenges and Opportunities in the Contemporary Globalisation Era, University of Leicester, 26 November 2010

National Identity, Citizenship and Military Service, The Open University, 22 June 2009

Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society, Mediterranean Resources Network (Mernet), 22 May 2009

Sand in the Wheels: The Struggle for the Right to Conscientious Objection in Turkey, Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 16 April 2009

Conscientious Objection: Resisting Militarized Society and the Case of Turkey, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), 14 April 2009

Human Rights Graduate Conference, University of Essex, 28 February 2007