You are heavily active in your field being a Fellow, AFL Member, on the European Branch Committee and the European Branch’s YMG Representative. What sparked your interest in arbitration in the first place?
I became interested in arbitration when completing my LL.B. at University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in International and European Law. Subsequently I had a chance to acquire extensive knowledge on international arbitration during my LL.M. studies in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary, University of London lead by renowned arbitration practitioners, including Professor Julian Lew QC and Professor Loukas Mistelis.
It encouraged me to learn more on arbitration and be a part of CIArb’s prestigious community.
I am fascinated by the efficacy of arbitration for the resolution of international disputes and looking forward to witness its challenging but bright future.
Tell us more about your route to Fellowship.
I became Fellow by achieving my LL.M. studies coupled with the successful completion of the Award Writing Exam and the Peer Interview.
Starting with the Peer Interview, I had the privilege of having excellent mentors who encouraged me to be involved in the Institute. Since then, I am happily embracing the responsibilities of being a Fellow, Accredited Faculty List Member, European Branch Committee Member and European Branch YMG Representative.
Any highlights from what is keeping you busy lately?
Recently, I started a Ph.D. program at Istanbul University on Private Law and admitted to Istanbul Bar Association.
Currently, I am providing legal consultancy, arbitration and litigation services at our Istanbul-based law firm OSMANOGLU to local and international clients in English, French and Turkish. My main practice areas include Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration, International Investment Arbitration, M&A, International Commercial Law, Maritime Law, Company Law and Contract Law.
At the same time, I am tutoring for the Institute’s International Arbitration Courses and lecturing at Vatel International Business School Hotel & Tourism Management.
What plans has YMG European Branch got for 2018?
The role of the YMG as I see is; to prepare the Young Members of the CIArb for training possibilities through the wide network of membership of the CIArb and to prepare the Young Members to lead the Institution in the future.
To this effect, European Branch YMG will organise various international conferences, networking events as well as one-day trainings and workshops in the following months. Covering a wide range of countries, we have the privilege of having Young Members reflecting the multinational nature of arbitration.
European Branch YMG will also collaborate with other arbitral institutions, trade chambers, young member groups and law firms in an attempt to organise joint events.
What advice do you have for young members trying to build a career in the field of arbitration?
Young members should bear in mind that they are the next generation of arbitration professionals. Therefore, I recommend young members to prepare themselves from now to specialize a in a particular field of law, be involved in the Institute and try every single possibility to make their profiles visible. Joining conferences and networking events helps to keep up to date with the latest developments and meet experiences practitioners.