Foundation for Society and Legal Studies (TOHAV) was founded by 46 lawyers registered in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir Bar Associations in October 1994 in Istanbul.

TOHAV is a non-governmental, independent, impartial, non-political and civil society organization established under the Turkish Civil Code.

TOHAV  investigates and monitors human rights violations in all regions of Turkey in a voluntary way without any kind of discrimination on the ground of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, and political thought and so on.

Members of TOHAV consist of lawyers registered in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Diyarbakır, Batman, Van and Malatya Bar Associations. TOHAV carries out its activities through member and voluntary lawyers and physicians working in the field of torture and rehabilitation.

TOHAV's Headquarter is located in Istanbul. It has a Board of Directors consisting of 7 principal and 7 substitute member lawyers and a Supervisory Board consisting of 3 principal and 3 substitute member lawyers. Members of the board of directors and Supervisory Board are elected by members of TOHAV for a period of two years.