Dr. Gottfried Plagemann studied law at Freie Universität Berlin. After completing his legal clerkship in the district of the Berlin Higher Regional Court, he worked in Berlin from 1985 to 1989 as a lawyer specializing in criminal defense. From 1990 to 1994, he studied Turkology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The subject of his master’s thesis is “Nationalism as a central element of Turkish politics in the period preceding Atatürk’s death” (first referee Prof. Dr. Barbara Kellner-Heinkele). After working at European University Viadrina and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Leipzig, he completed two studies as part of the research project “Turkey in the area of conflict between nationalism and European integration” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul and was a fellow of the Institute. In 2006, he obtained his doctorate with the thesis “From Allah’s Law to Modernization by Law. Law and Legislation in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey.” From 2006 to 2011, he taught as a DAAD specialist lecturer of law and Yardımcı Doçent at Kültür University of Istanbul, introducing German law and comparative criminal and criminal procedure law. He was department Erasmus coordinator and organized a German-Turkish Master’s program in Business Law. He taught at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Freie Universität Berlin (Introduction to Turkish public law and comparative introduction to Turkish criminal and criminal procedure law; taught in Turkish). From 2012–2016, he was Yardımcı Doçent at the Law Faculty of Istanbul University, Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Since September 2016, he has been Assistant Director at the Orient-Institut Istanbul.