Istanbul Bar Association

The Istanbul Bar Association (Turkish: İstanbul Barosu) is a voluntary bar association based in Istanbul, Turkey. At 29,000 members it is one of the largest bar associations in the world.[1] It is a member of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations.

Istanbul Bar Association
TypeNonprofit organization
Key people
Mehmet Durakoglu (President)[2]

The association has published journals since 1911, and since 1925 publishes the İstanbul Barosu Dergisi ("Journal of İstanbul Bar Association").[1]

In 2013 the president and board of the association were charged with attempting to influence members of the judiciary in the "Sledgehammer" trial, after they had intervened in a 2012 hearing to demand a fair trial. The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights said their intervention was legal and approved by the presiding judge at the time.[3]


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