Family Law, Human Rights and Gender: An Examination of Turkish Comparative Rectitude

Authors

  • Nadire Özdemir

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33831/jws.v20i1.53

Keywords:

family law, gender, fault based divorce system, comparative rectitude, fidelity, domestic violence

Abstract

This article is an examination of Turkish jurisprudence of comparative rectitude in divorce cases, in terms of human rights and gender. I will focus on the cases in where one spouse (usually the wife) has been adulteress while the other spouse (usually the husband) has committed violence against his spouse. The decisions of the courts claiming the adulteress and violence perpetrator are equal at faults or sometimes violence perpetrator at a lesser fault will be criticized. Critics will be brought on 'fidelity' as a marital duty, which is a vague concept, and its sexist interpretation in legal disputes. Another legal framework in marital duties that does not shape moral or sexual behaviours of the spouses but avoids human rights abuses will be proposed as concluding thoughts.

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Published

2019-05-29

How to Cite

Özdemir, N. (2019). Family Law, Human Rights and Gender: An Examination of Turkish Comparative Rectitude. Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Women’s Studies, 20(1), 87–100. https://doi.org/10.33831/jws.v20i1.53