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Dr. Nilufer Oral

NILUFER ORAL,  JD,  DEA (Int'l Private law),  SJD (Int'l and Comparative Law)  
Member of Texas and California (Inactive) Bar Associations

Fluent in English and French

George Washington University School of Law, Scientific Juris Doctor (SJD in International and Comparative Law)
Université de Paris I (Panthéon) Paris, France. Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (LL.M Private International Law)
University of Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, Ca. Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
University of California, Berkeley. Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Phi Beta Kappa and Chancellor's Award Recipient

Working Experience
Nilufer Oral has extensive experience in international law having served as a legal dvisor to the Turkish Foreign Ministry since 1998 on issues concering law of the sea, energy and climate change. As counsel for Aybay & Aybay she represented large foreign companies and goverments in transactional and maritime matters. Dr. Oral also has experience in US Courts and practiced criminal law for a number of years in Santa. Clara California before moving to Istanbul. She is member of the Law Faculty of Istanbul Bilgi University. She was elected as Councillor to the IUCN Council (2012-2016). She has published extensively internationally and spoken at numerous international conferences.

Recent Publications
Regional Co-operation for Protection of the Marine Environment under International Law: The Black Sea (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff in 2013)
Series Co-editor of the International Straits of the World (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2012- ongoing);
The Regime of Straits: Safety, Security and Protection of the Marine Environment," in Harry S. Scheiber and Jin Hyun-Pak eds., Regions, Institutions and Law of the Sea: Studies in Oceans Governance (Brill / Martinus Nijhoff, 2013)
Implementing Part XII of the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and the Role of International Courts, 401-420, International Courts and the Development of International Law Essays in Honor of Tullio Treves, (TMC Asser Press, 2013)
Transit Passage Rights in the Strait of Hormuz and Iran's Threats to Block the Passage of Oil Tankers," ASIL Insights, Vol.16 (May 2012) available at


Climate Change and Shipping: Problems of Regime Compatibility, in Myron H. Nordquist, John Norton Moore, Alfred H. A. Soons, and Hak-So Kim, eds.,
(Brill / Martinus Nijhoff, 2011)