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Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney
Chemicals Program

Baskut TuncakBaskut Tuncak is a staff attorney and chemist with the Environmental Health Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Focusing on developing laws and institutions that enable the transition to safer chemicals, 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. Specific issues of focus in chemicals management include hormone (endocrine) disruption, mining and other extractive industries, and chemicals in products.

Before joining CIEL, he 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," chair of the IPEN working group on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, 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.

Recent publications include:

Paths to Global Chemical Safety: The 2020 Goal and Beyond (co-author) (March 2013)
Driving Innovation: How stronger laws help bring safer chemicals to market (Full version). See also [Executive Summary] [Resume en Francais] (February 2013)

Recent media coverage:

The Not So Super COP, Chemical Watch Business Briefing (June 2013)
New Research Links Chemical Regulation with Market Innovation, Forbes (Feb. 2013)

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