Dr Nilüfer Oral
Member, Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University, and Member, UN International Law Commission
Dr Nilüfer Oral is a member of the Law Faculty at Istanbul Bilgi University. She was elected to the United Nations International Law Commission for 2017–21. She is also Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley Law School, and Scholar-In-Residence at the University of Virginia Law School in 2005. She has lectured on several occasions at the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy.
Dr Oral was elected to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council for Western Europe (2012–16) and is the IUCN Oceans Focal Point. She serves as Chair of the IUCN Academy on Environmental Law and Co-Chair of the Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs for the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Dr Oral serves as a legal advisor to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on law of the sea and climate change and has participated in the Turkish delegation at the International Maritime Organization and as a negotiator at the climate change negotiations.
She has been nominated by the Ministry as a candidate to the United Nations International Law Commission (2017–22). She has also been involved as a legal expert in a number of projects with the Turkish Science Council on marine environmental issues, EU and UNDP. Dr Oral is a member of the Board of Directors of Jon Van Dyke Institute, Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i; American Society of International Law; and European Society of International Law. She is the editor of the International Straits of the World series (Brill) and numerous other publications.