About Us

Maltepe University

Centre for Research and Application of Human Rights



The Centre was established on December 9, 2005. The objectives of establishing the Centre are to conduct research on human rights concepts, in order to clarify them and thus to eliminate confusions which hinder the protection of human rights; to carry out studies contributing to the protection of human rights and to prepare the conditions of implementing the results of these studies; as well as to promote interdisciplinary education in human rights with special focus on philosophy and ethics. A UNESCO Chair in Philosophy and Human Rights was established in the Centre, according to an agreement between UNESCO and Maltepe University, signed on May 13, 2009.



The centre is conducting two M.A. programmes one with and another without a thesis. The purpose of the programmes is to contribute to the education of individuals who know what human rights are and what each human right demands, and who are able to find out in various situations what should be done for the protection of human rights. The aim of the M.A. programme without a thesis is to train public officials (such as security services officers, judges and prosecutors, district governors) and members of various professions (such as medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers), so that they can carry out their jobs in a way that protects human rights, as well as to contribute to answering the need for well trained human rights trainers. The aim of M.A. programme with a thesis is to prepare the ground for theoretical research necessary for applied research and human rights education.


Seminars for Public Officials

With the collaboration of District Governors, for public officials of various districts in Istanbul, series of human rights seminars are organizing. The seminars focuses on the following issues:

  • What are Human Rights?
  • Public Service and Human Rights
  • Freedom, Tolerance and Human Rights
  • Human Rights, Secularism and Democracy
  • Human Rights, Law and the State



More than X volumes on human rights, philosophy, social and human sciences constitute the library of centre.



The Centre receives approximately Y periodicals, news-letters, reports and various legal documents published by national and international organizations and centres of human rights.


International Meetings

  • On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the proclamation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights an international conference on “Human Rights 60 Years after the Universal Declaration: Dignity and Justice for all of us” was held in İstanbul, on November 6-7, 2008.
  • An international seminar on “Rethinking the Philosophy of Law: Legal Theories, Constitutions and Human Rights” was held in İstanbul, on 24 June 2009.
  • Fifth Balkan Countries Seminar of Philosophy on “The Problem of Identities in South Eastern Europe and Human Rights” was held in İstanbul with the collaboration of Philosophical Society of Turkey, on July 13-15, 2009.
  • The Centre plans to devolop and complete the research project on “Rethinking Education” and will also try to involve in the project as many UNESCO Philosophy Chairs as possible.
  • An international series of lectures on “Laïcité and Human Rights” is planned to start in June 2010.
  • A regional conference on “The preoblem of Identities in Asia and Human Rights” will be organized.