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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. NATO, OECD, CEPOL, EUROPOL, Commonwealth Environmental Investment Forum), professional development training to keystakeholders and to the EU funded projects (e.g. Secucities, MUTRAP III). In addition to his expertise in EU energy security & law, Prof Turksen has extensive knowledge of countering financial crimes (e.g. fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing) as well as publications in international trade, arbitration and investment.
    His current research involves four different topics:
    1) Use of artificial intelligence in tracking illicit financial flows;
    2) Impact of digital assests and non-fungible tokens;  
    3) Solidarity in EU's external energy trade and security; and
    4) Illicit trafficking of cultural goods and rare earth elements.

    He is currently leading a EU H2020 project, TRACE,

    He welcomes PhD proposals in these areas in particular.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    External positions

    Senior research consultant, VIENNA CENTRE FOR SOCIETAL SECURITY

    1 Jun 2022 → …

    Innovation Caucus, Innovation Caucus

    1 Jan 2019 → …

    Executive of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association

    Trustee of the Sturts Farm Camphill Community


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