Metin Feyzioğlu

Metin Feyzioğlu (born 7 July 1969) is a Turkish lawyer and a professor of criminal law who served as the 8th President of the Turkish Bars Association between May 2013 and December 2021. He is the grandson of Turhan Feyzioğlu, a former CHP politician and Deputy Prime Minister.

Turkish politician and lawyer
Metin Feyzioğlu
8th President of the Turkish Bars Association
In office
May 26, 2013  December 5, 2021
Preceded by Ahsen Coşar
Succeeded by Erinç Sağkan
Personal details
Born (1969-07-07) 7 July 1969 (age 52)
Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Spouse(s) Birgül Feyzioğlu
Children 2
Relatives Turhan Feyzioğlu (grandfather)
Education Law
Alma mater Ankara University
Occupation Lawyer, politician

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Metin Feyzioğlu was born on 7 July 1969 in Kadıköy, Istanbul. He was raised by his grandparents Turhan Feyzioğlu and his wife Leyla Feyzioğlu, graduating from TED Ankara College in 1986.[1][2] In 1990, he graduated from Ankara UniversityFaculty of Law.[3] In 1992, he received a master’s degree in public law and received a Ph.D in the same field in 1995. In 1996, he returned to the Ankara University Law Faculty as an assistant docent, specialising in criminal law and obtained a legal English certificate from Columbia University. He became an associate professor in 2000 and a Professor in 2005. In 2007, he became the dean of the Ankara University Faculty of Law and served until 2008.[4]

On 10 October 2010, Feyzioğlu was elected as the President of the Ankara Bar Association, to which he had been registered since 1991. He obtained 58% of the votes in the 61st Ordinary General Assembly. He was re-elected in the 62nd Ordinary General Assembly, this time winning 60% of the vote.

On 26 May 2013, Feyzioğlu stood as a candidate for the Presidency of the Turkish Bars Association (TBB), during the Association’s 32nd Ordinary General Assembly. He was elected with 50% of the votes cast. During his term as President, he has been strongly critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which he has accused of attempting to eradicate judicial independence and limit the rights and freedoms of citizens.[5][6]

Feyzioğlu is a declared member and supporter of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), though has been critical of the party’s central executive committee and the leadership of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. On 18 July 2012, he became a member of the CHP party council from the Management Science and Culture quota, though resigned on 26 May 2013 after he was elected as the President of the Turkish Bars Association.

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