EMU Organises Symposium in Memory of Prof. Dr. Esin Konanc

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Law organized a symposium in memory of Prof. Dr. Esin Konanc titled Comparison of Turkey-TRNC Nationality Law. The symposium that was organized in memory of the Late Faculty of Law Dean Prof. Dr. Esin Konanc who died in a tragic car accident on the 20th December 2009, took place at the Mustafa Afsin Ersoy Hall on Friday the 23rd December 2016 at 10:00.

The program commenced with a moment of silence and the Turkish national anthem. Next, Prof. Dr. Esin Konanc’s biography was read. The opening adresses were made by Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, Asst. Prof. Dr. Ulas Gunduzler. Asst. Prof. Dr. Gunduzler thanked all in attendance and commemorated Esin Konanc. Providing information about the symposium Asst. Prof. Dr. Gunduzler noted that it will shed light on many important topics.

In a speech of his own EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam commemorated Esin Konanc saying that they greatly miss her and noting that it is very important not to forget such individuals. Addressing the students, Prof. Dr. Osam stated that he believes law should be used a universal guide in the chaotic times the world is going through. Prof. Dr. Osam noted that the road conditions leading to the passing of Konanc are yet to be fully rectified stating the need for state representatives to enforce certain rules. Prof. Dr. Osam concluded by wishing everybody a useful symposium. Famagusta district governer Durdane Aci was also present at the opening ceremony.

After the opening speeches, EMU Faculty of Law academic staff member Prof. Dr. Hasan Isguzar shared his fond memories with Esin Konanc. The moderator of the first session of the symposium was Prof. Dr. Tugrul Arat. The first session included the presentations Commanding Principles of Nationality Law by Prof. Dr. Feriha Bilge, A glance at TRNC Nationality Law by Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan, Voluntary Turkish Citizenship by Prof. Dr. Esra Dardagan Kibar and Obtaining Nationality in TRNC Law by Asst. Prof. Dr. Arzu Alibaba.

The moderator of the second session was Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan. The second session included the presentations The right to gain Turkish citizenship and how to lose it by Prof. Dr. Bilgin Tiryakioglu, How to Gain Turkish citizenship exceptionally in Turkish Nationality Law by Assist. Prof. Dr. Sedat Sirmen, The cancellation of Turkish Citizeship and the Withdrawal of Citizenship Rights by Asst. Prof. Dr. Asli Bayata Canyas and Losing Citizenship in TRNC Law by research assistant Ulvi Nail Gun. The symposium came to an end after the speakers were presented plaques of appreciation.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University