Regulatory & Compliance Business & Human Rights

Legal compliance, particularly in areas relating to human rights and managing the risk of litigation are core concerns for businesses operating in Turkey.

Cetinkaya has extensive specialist experience of compliance and human rights. We help clients navigate complex, and sometimes competing legal requirements in this area.

Our team takes an integrated, cross-practice approach guiding clients through legal and soft law standards. We provide multidisciplinary and comparative analysis of Turkish law and judicial practices concerning the human rights responsibilities of business enterprises.

We act in leading and precedent-setting disputes in Turkey involving a variety of issues, including but not limited to the rights of fair trial, freedom of expression, property, and copyrights before judicial bodies from Turkish Criminal Courts to the Turkish Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

We advise multinational corporations across a wide spectrum of governance, advisory, transactional, risk management, compliance and dispute resolution issues including:

  • Adapting and refining human rights policies and compliance systems to function within applicable Turkish laws and regulations
  • Governance practices, corporate culture, and management structures in Turkey
  • Performance systems, corporate reporting, and communications
  • Representation in civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings before Turkish courts
  • Counsel and representation before the Turkish Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights
  • Human rights-related internal and external investigations, crisis management, engagement with governments and civil society, and defence of enforcement actions
  • Human rights due diligence
  • Developing and adapting operational level grievance mechanisms and whistleblowing procedures that ensure compliance with legal and soft law standards of human rights.