Süheyl Batum

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Bedii Süheyl Batum (born May 6, 1955 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish academic and the former rector of Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. He is currently an active politician as the deputy of the leader of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People's Party of Turkey.


He was born on May 6, 1955 in Istanbul. Having finished his high school education at Galatasaray High School in 1975, he attended the faculty of law at the University of Paris, and graduated in 1979. Batum received his Doctor of Laws degree in 1986. Following his postdoctoral studies in international law, particularly in human rights, he became professor in 1996. Since 1993, Batum lectured constitutional law at a number of universities in Istanbul such as İstanbul University, Marmara University, Yeditepe University, Bilgi University, Galatasaray University and now he is lecturing in Bahçeşehir University. He is now a member of the current Republican People's Party in Turkey. He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Party. However, surprisingly he is appointed as the deputy of the party leader.