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Dr. Emre Oktem

Associate Professor, Galatasaray University


Dr. Emre Öktem is an associate professor of international law at the Faculty of Law, at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the head of the International Law Department. He received his undergraduate and master degrees in public law at the Istanbul University Law School. He received his Ph.D. in international law at the Galatasaray University.

His main research interests include human rights, religious freedoms, humanitarian law, minority rights, terrorism, international recognition, continuity and succession, and other fields of international law.

He is the author of two books, "Freedom of Religion in International Law" (2002) and "Terrorism, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights" (2007). The former is the first book written in Turkish on this topic and adopts a multi-perspective approach – history, theory and current positive law. The latter book focuses on the international legal aspects of the relationship between war against terrorism and the law of armed conflicts and human rights. He is also the author of numerous articles on human rights, humanitarian law, minority rights, terrorism, international recognition, continuity, and succession, as well as articles on other fields of international law and historical essays.

He is a member of the Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion and Belief (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights). Dr. Öktem is also involved in numerous interfaith dialogue activities.

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