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Research Interests

  • Financial Crime, compliance and risk
  • EU Energy security and law
  • Comparative counter-terrorism and societal security
  • International trade and economic law
  • Digital property and assets



Prof Dr Umut Turksen is a student centered and a business facing legal academic.

He is interested in the practical application of the law in innovation, societal security and development. He has provided consultancy and training to prestigious international businesses and government projects. This includes technical assistance programmes to multinational corporations (e.g. France Telecom, Orange, Wilmington Plc) and international organisations (e.g. Commonwealth Environmental Investment Forum), professional development training to lawyers and to the EU funded projects (e.g. CEPOL, Secucities, MUTRAP III). In addition to his expertise in EU energy security & law, Prof Turksen has extensive knowledge of counter-terrorism laws in Australia, the EU, the UK and the US as well as publications in international trade, financial crime, arbitration and investment.
His current research involves four different topics:
1) Digital assets and their inheritance;
2) Solidarity in EU's external energy trade and security;  
3) Whistle blower protection and tax crimes in the EU; and
4) Racial profiling in the context of counter terrorist financing.

He is currently leading a EU H2020 project, PROTAX, which tackles tax crimes in the EU.

He welcomes PhD proposals in these areas in particular.

External positions

Executive of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association

Trustee of the Sturts Farm Camphill Community

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 2 Anthology or Edited Book
  • 2 Book

Counter-Terrorist Financing Law and Policy: An analysis of Turkey (The Law of Financial Crime)

Basaranel, B. U. & Turksen, U., 30 Mar 2019, 1 ed. Routledge. 310 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

international communication

The External Effects of the Energy Union Strategy on Trade and Investment in Renewable Energy from the EU to Vietnam: an Initial Assessment

Nguyen, H. T. & Turksen, U., 27 Feb 2019, In : Oil, Gas and Energy Law. (In-press), p. (In-press) 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
external effects
renewable energy

Competition and Procurement in Energy Projects in Vietnam: Risks, Opportunities and Future Prospects

Turksen, U. & Nguyen, H. T., 1 Jun 2018, In : International Energy Law Review. 4, p. 116-135

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

competition regulations

Energy Resource Efficiency in the EU: Major Legislative Initiatives

Turksen, U., 18 Oct 2018, Energy Security - Policy Challenges and Solutions for Resource Efficiency. Mouraviev, N. & Koulouri, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 159-196 38 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

energy resource
capacity building
energy efficiency

EU Energy Relations With Russia - Solidarity and the Rule of Law

Turksen, U., 6 Mar 2018, Routledge. 169 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

constitutional state
trade policy