Umut Turksen


Umut is a business-facing legal academic, and he is interested in the practical application of the law in innovation, societal security and development. He has provided consultancy and training to prestigious international businesses and government projects.

He led the EU funded project “PROTAX,” which focused on the countering tax crimes in Europe and he is currently coordinating another EU funded project, TRACE, ( which aims to create technology based solutions for tracking illicit money flows. In addition to his expertise in financial crime, societal security, risk and compliance, Umut has published extensively on energy law and security, international trade law and development, and arbitration.

Umut Turksen is also Professor in Law at Coventry University, UK, where his work has included the roles of: Associate head of law school (2018-2020), responsible for overall research environment at Coventry Law School. Co-leading the Faculty of Business and Law Research Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity and co-chair of the professoriate of the Faculty of Business and Law. Mentoring early career academics in their research, research funding and impact for the REF. Director of studies for 8 PhD candidates. Leading a € 3 million H2020 project PROTAX as well as a € 7 million H2020 project, TRACE. Advisor for two other EU projects (COFFERS and VIRTUe) as well as for a project for the UK Cabinet Office’s Accelerated Development Scheme – the Future Leaders Scheme (total value £8 million). His external appointments and consultancy work currently include: Instructor for European Financial and Economic Crime Centre, EUROPOL. Advisor to the OECD on Capacity Building Programme for countering tax crimes. Instructor at NATO–COEDAT, Centre for Excellence Defence Against Terrorism. Instructor at CEPOL(European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training). Member of the Innovation Caucus, UKRI, ESRC and Innovate UK- (2019 – Present). EU Commission, Research Executive Agency – H2020 Reviewer.