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Baskut Tuncak, Senior Attorney
Chemicals Program

Baskut Tuncak is a senior attorney and chemist with the Environmental Health Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Baskut is engaged in the negotiation of international treaties and agreements for chemicals management, in particular the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Baskut is also engaged in the development of national and regional laws for chemicals management in the European Union, United States and in the Global South. His practice frequently overlaps with international laws for human rights, financial institutions, and previously worked on trade and intellectual property issues out of CIEL's Geneva office. 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 as vice-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on "Pesticides, Chemicals Regulation and Right-to-Know," and director of the Association of Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society. In addition, he 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.

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Protecting the Global Environment and
Human Health

CIEL uses and strengthens international environmental law through the conservation of biological diversity, mitigation of climate change, protection of endangered species, and the control and elimination of toxic chemicals.

We seek to advance a responsible international framework for regulating nanotechnologies as well as to protect our oceans and the marine life they harbor.

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