Hilal Elver is a Research Professor of Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, and appointment she has held since 2002, and is co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy housed at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB. She has a law degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Ankara Law School where she started her teaching career. During this period, she was also appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment. Later she became the General Director of Women’s Studies in the Office of the Prime Minister. In 1994, she was appointed to the UNEP Chair in Environmental Diplomacy by the United Nations Environment Program at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. Since 1996 she has been teaching at several American universities. In 1993 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School in Arbor, and 1996-1998 she was a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University.
Her publications have focused mainly on international environmental law, and international human rights law. Her book, Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Case of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, was published in 2002. Currently she is working on a book project dealing with secularism and human rights in the Islamic world. She teaches comparative law, international human rights, and environmental law.