Insight into International Human RIghts Law

Welcome!  Hoşgeldiniz! I strive to offer a fresh perspective to current pressing international legal and political issues. 

About Me

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My Background

My Background

My Background

As an army brat my childhood spanned three continents starting in Germany, then Turkey, and ultimately the U.S.  Since then I have had a profound interest in the world around me.  Growing up in an interracial/inter-religious household with African-American and Turkish-Kurdish roots honed this interest specifically to issues facing minorities, equality, democracy, and the rule of law.

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My Experience

My Background

My Background

My academic journey started off with my undergraduate studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service where I obtained my B.S. in International Politics with a minor in Foreign Policy and Policy Processes.  I then acquired my J.D. at The Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.  During law school I also completed my certificate in Comparative and International Law.  I decided to expand on this legal specialization by most recently completing my L.L.M. in Public International Law at Koç Unıversity in Istanbul, Turkey.

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My Skillset

My Background

My Skillset

I grew up bilingual and therefore speak Turkish and English fluently.  I have also participated in numerous study abroad programs (both privately and publicly sponsored) in Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, and Japan.  Along with my Public Law LLM thesis research which centered on international human rights law and minority rights, I have over 8 years of private law firm experience both in the U.S. and Turkey.

Sohbet: Opinions/Analysis on International Law and Politics

"Sohbet" in Turkish literally translates to "conversation", "talk", or "chat".  Yet, it has a deeper and more historical context as the social practice of community conversations.  These conversations essentially acted as town hall meetings with everyone having input regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or status.  These traditional Sohbet meetings are now included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  In this spirit, I strive for "Sohbet" to be a similar forum.

UN Human Rights Case Reporting Highlights and Updates

Meddah: A U.S.-Turkey Storytelling Project

Please follow and stay tuned for my upcoming blog post that will be featured on the Turkish Heritage Organization's (THO) new blog Meddah.  A short bio of me is already published in their June 19th (second line below) post since I will be participating in their upcoming summer research program.  Below are the other initial posts from the blog site. 

Notable Documents

LLM Thesis (Lawrence Cenk Laws) (pdf)

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Cover Letter (Lawrence Cenk Laws) (pdf)

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Resume (Lawrence Cenk Laws) (pdf)

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Lawrence Cenk Laws, J.D., L.L.M.

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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