The people of Shusha made it the pearl of the Caucasus, the cradle of our culture, the mugham-singing heart of Azerbaijan
Sureyya Aghaoghlu (1903, Shusha – 29 December 1989, Istanbul) was a Turkish-Azerbaijani writer, jurist, and the first female lawyer in Turkish history.
Sureyya Aghaoghlu was the daughter of Ahmet Aghaoghlu, a prominent Azerbaijani and later Turkish politician of the early 20th century. After the fall of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1920, the Aghaoghlu moved to Turkey where Sureyya enrolled in the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University.
After graduation Sureyya Aghaoghlu worked as a lawyer from 1927 till her death in 1989. In 1928, taking the free lawyer license and became Turkey’s first female lawyer. For her initiative, Istanbul Bar Association was elected a member of the International Bar Association. From 1946 to 1960, she was the only female board member of this union. After 1960 Turkish coup d’état she became his brother’s lawyer. At that time, he entered politics as a member of the newly formed New Turkey Party and became leader of the party.
At one point she worked as an assistant to Professor Schwartz, Turkan Rado. She is the author of books What I Saw in London (Londra’da Gördüklerim) and One Life Has Passed Just Like This (Bir Hayat Böyle Geçti), where she discussed many legal issues and wrote biographical information about her father.
She married German lawyer Werner Taschenbreker in 1950 and divorced in the 1960s. They had no children.
Sureyya Aghaoghlu died of a stroke in 1989.