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 is an international attorney specializing in toxic chemical-related matters. He currently serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, holding what is informally known as the UN Human Rights Council’s mandate on "toxics.” Baskut is a visiting scholar at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
His legal practice centers on various national, regional and global laws and policies relevant to toxic chemicals and pollution, including international environmental, human rights and trade regimes. Previously, Baskut was a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Health program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and worked for several years research chemist with various technology companies. Before his UN appointment, Baskut served in 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.