Nury Turkel is an attorney in Washington, D.C. specializing in a wide range of legal issues including aviation, trade and investment, immigration, legislative advocacy, and regulatory compliance focusing on anti-bribery investigation and enforcement. In addition to his law practice, Turkel serves as Chairman of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) in Washington, D.C., which works on Uighur human rights research and documentation projects.

Turkel has testified before the U.S. Congress and given presentations at various universities, government institutions, and foreign policy forums. He has written commentaries on policy and legal matters in major U.S. publications and has appeared on radio and television programs.

Turkel received his Bachelor’s degree from China’s Northwest A&F University. He has a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Juris Doctorate degree from American University. He is proficient in several languages, including Turkish and Chinese.

Last Updated: May 3, 2017



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