Baskut Tuncak, Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
Mr. Baskut Tuncak (Turkey) assumed the mandate in August 2014. Baskut Tuncak is a senior attorney and chemist with the Environmental Health Program. Baskut provides legal analysis of national and international laws relevant to the management of toxic chemicals. He does considerable analysis of differences between EU and US approaches to chemicals management, and in the development of international treaties (e.g. Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants) and policy frameworks (e.g. the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management or SAICM).
Before joining CIEL, Baskut spent several years as synthetic chemist with small pharmaceutical and synthetic biology companies, specializing in DNA synthesis for medicine, alternative energy, and other applications. Baskut serves in various advisory roles to both governmental and non-governmental initiatives. Baskut is based in Washington, D.C. and licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
He speaks English, Turkish and French.