Nihat Erim

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İsmail Nihat Erim (born November 30, 1912 in Kandıra , † July 19, 1980 in Istanbul ) was a Turkish lawyer and politician . He was appointed Prime Minister of Turkey by a military junta in 1971 .

Erim graduated from Galatasaray High School . He graduated from Istanbul University with a law degree . He wrote his doctoral thesis in law in Paris . In 1939 he became a docent and taught constitutional law at Ankara University . In 1941 he was appointed full professor. From 1945 to 1950 he was a member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly for the Republican People's Party (CHP). After 1946 Erim became Minister and later Deputy Prime Minister. After 1950 he was editor-in-chief of the party newspaper Ulus . From 1953 to 1955 he published the newspapers Yeni Ulus and Halkçı Gazetesi . He returned to parliament in 1961 and became prime minister after the 1971 military coup . For this he had to leave the CHP. His two governments until 1972 lasted about a year and a half. This time marked the beginning of a critical era in the history of Turkey that was to last for a long time. He was a member of the Senate until 1977 .

Nihat Erim was shot dead on July 19, 1980 in Istanbul by members of the Devrimci Sol .


  • İsmail Nihat Erim: Le Positivisme Juridique et le Droit International . Paris 1939, p. 338 (French).

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