Kanunum was launched in 2010 by Karakullukçu Consulting A.Ş (Karakullukcu), a Turkish enterprise specializing in legal information services, founded by Melih Karakullukcu and Memduh Karakullukcu. Kanunum, our legal research service, is an online, current and searchable electronic compilation of statutes, regulatory texts, high court decisions and legislative material. It offers a sophisticated search facility over an up-to-date database of verified, annotated and connected Turkish legal texts.
Kanunum moves the quality and sophistication of legal research services in Turkey to a new level where verified legal texts are presented in an accurate, easy to-understand and useful manner on a technologically advanced platform enabling powerful search functions. As a result, it has attracted as users institutions such as prestige public institutions (the Turkish Constitutional Court, the Turkish Parliament and the European Council), IFLR1000 ranked law firms, Fortune Global 500 firms and international accounting & advisory firms.
Karakullukcu is one of the Founding Members of LT-Innovate, the forum for Europe’s Language Technology Industry. Our R&D works involve natural language processing, automatic entity recognition and sentiment recognition techniques for catching legal citations and basic statutory intentions.
Verified data: The team of lawyers and engineers who built and maintain the Kanunum database have successfully tackled the problem of outdated, inaccessible and unreliable legal data in Turkey. Today, Kanunum routinely annotates its legislative and regulatory material with critical and contextualized information on validity and textual history otherwise unavailable in Turkish electronic legal publications. The most complete textual amendment history of current laws, annotations detailing future legislative amendments, notes on court orders suspending the enforcement of some key regulations are among the content users will find only on Kanunum.
Comprehensive approach: Kanunum is a database that insists on comprehensiveness where gaps would render the collection unserviceable. Whether it is the amendment history of a law or the digital annotation of constitutional court cases reviewing the texts of statutes, Kanunum seeks to present the whole picture and not a ‘selection’.
Advanced search capability: Kanunum is the only service in Turkey that provides exhaustive and complex searches with narrowly defined requirements, on millions of pages of Turkish legal texts, including a century’s worth of parliamentary minutes. These ‘complex’ queries let users verify if and how certain phrases or words have been used in particular contexts or in a particular manner. Kanunum is the only Turkish legal Publisher that offers complex boolean search and highlighting that targets only those words that fit the complex search conditions.
Emphasis on R&D: Since 2009, we have been the recipient of R&D grants from TÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). We are the only legal electronic publisher emphasizing R&D which we believe is essential in an environment where the floodgates on legal electronic data are opening. As a result of our work in this area, we have substantially reduced human involvement in the expansion and daily maintenance of legal data and have improved Kanunum's search performance, successfully addressing the disambiguation problems in text search presented by the agglutinative Turkish language.