Nury Turkel’s legal practice focuses on a wide range of legal and policy issues including trade and investment, immigration, federal agency enforcement, anti-bribery, antitrust and trade regulations, air transportation, commercial transactions, and legislative advocacy. Additionally, he advises non-profit and non-governmental clients on foreign affairs, public policy, and government relations.

With more than a decade-long legal experience in Federal Administrative Law, Turkel represented domestic and foreign corporate and individual clients in a broad spectrum of issues before the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Department of State, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, and Department of Treasury. Specifically, he has represented and advised aviation and other clients on administrative law, agency investigation and enforcement, immigration, antitrust, international claims settlement, export control and economic sanctions, and legislative matters.

Turkel also has an extensive experience working with Congress and senior government agency officials on matters pertaining to foreign affairs and national security issues. He has expertise on Chinese and Eurasian political, economic, and social affairs. He regularly advises senior U.S. government officials on foreign policy and national security issues relating to China, Central Asia, and Turkey.

In addition to his law practice, Turkel serves as Chairman of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as the Legal Adviser of the World Uyghur Congress. He also served as President of the Uyghur American Association and Director of its Uyghur Human Rights Project, where he designed and directed human rights advocacy projects and managed the interests of diverse groups, including the opportunity to make presentations in the U.S. and internationally on foreign affairs and national security issues.

Turkel has testified before the U.S. Congress and given presentations at various academic and government institutions and foreign policy forums, including the United States Military Academy, Columbia University, and the World Political Forum. He has written commentaries on policy and legal matters in major U.S. publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy and has appeared on news and public affairs programming on CNN, ABC, BBC, Fox News, The Diane Rehm Show, and The Washington Post.

From 2005-2010, Turkel was active in the efforts of restoring the rule of law at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He was part of the legal team that represented Uighurs imprisoned in Guantánamo, and he worked on habeas corpus petitions filed with U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.Turkel is proficient in several languages, including Turkish and Chinese.

Last Updated: April 6, 2017



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