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Baskut Tuncak, Senior Attorney
Chemicals Program

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. 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 is also the current UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of hazardous substances and wastes. He is a cleared adviser to the US Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC). Baskut serves as vice-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on "Pesticides, Chemicals Regulation and Right-to-Know." 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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