Human Rights, the Cyprus Problem, and the Immovable Property Commission

Meliz Erdem*, Steven Greer

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This article critically examines the role of the Immovable Property Commission, established in 2005 by the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ under pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, to redress losses sustained by Greek Cypriots who fled south when the island was partitioned in the mid-1970s. While the Commission has been a modest success, proceedings have been lengthy, its decisions lack transparency, there have been difficulties with restitution and exchange, and the payment of compensation has often been delayed. Corporate ownership and encumbrances, such as mortgages, have also proved problematic. But, whether it contributes negatively or positively to full resolution of the Cyprus problem, or makes no contribution at all, remains to be seen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-732
Number of pages11
JournalInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date23 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Cyprus problem
  • Demopoulos and others v Turkey
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Immovable Property Commission
  • restitution


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