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Overview

Dr Orkun Akseli is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Manchester School of Law, and the Academic Director and Chair of the Manchester Law and Technology Initiative. He joined the Law School in 2021, having previously taught at the University of Manchester, the Robert Gordon University, Newcastle University and Durham University. 

Qualifications

Professor Akseli studied for his LLB at Dokuz Eylul University Law Faculty, Izmir, Turkey. He obtained his LLM from the University of Georgia Law School, USA; MA from Istanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty and PhD from the University of Manchester Law School. Before embarking on academic life he practiced insurance defence and commercial litigation in Izmir. He is a member of Turkish Bar. 

Research interests

Professor Akseli's research interests are in the corporate and commercial field with particular emphasis on the harmonisation and modernisation of secured transactions laws, development finance and the facilitation of credit. His monograph 'International Secured Transactions Law: Facilitation of Credit, International Conventions and Instruments' was published by Routledge in 2011. He is the editor and co-editor of numerous publications on the harmonisation and modernisation of secured transactions law. 

Professor Akseli has been actively involved in national (Secured Transactions Law Reform Project and City of London Law Society Secured Transactions Law Code) and international (Unidroit draft Model Law on Factoring; UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions) law reform activities. 

He is appointed (together with Professor Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell - Carlos III) by the International Academy of Comparative Law as General Rapporteur to prepare a report on "Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in the Enforcement of Security Interests and Insolvency". The report was presented in 2022 in Asuncion, Paraguay. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Professor Akseli is a Specialist Adviser to the REF 2021 Sub-panel 18

Professor Akseli is a member of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College, British Council Newton Fund Peer Review College, ESRC and AHRC (Academic & International) Peer Review Colleges. He is also frequently invited to review grant applications by the German Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Belgium Research Foundation/Flanders (FWO) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

He is the past President of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a number of international arbitration groups. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a member of the Istanbul Kadir Has University Law Faculty's Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI) and a member of the Advisory Board of ELI's Turkish Hub. 

Prizes and awards

In 2020 Professor Akseli was awarded with the Fulbright Award to spend time teaching and researching in the USA at Elon University Law School in 2021/2022. He taught Secured Transactions, and International Business Transactions to JD students.

He was awarded £10,000 funding (together with Professor John Linarelli) by the Society of Legal Scholars to organise the 2017 SLS Annual seminar "The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation". The proceedings from this prestigious conference were published by Hart Publishing in 2021. 

Professor Akseli was awarded £4000 funding by the Modern Law Review in 2010 and sponsored by the World Bank for the purpose of organising The World Bank and the Modern Law Review Conference on International Legal Standards on Secured Transactions and Financial Crisis. This prestigious and competitive award, as well as the generous support of the World Bank, enabled the development of academic and practical debate on how international legal standards on secured transactions might faciliate credit in the face of financial crisis. The proceedings from this conference were published by the Cambridge University Press. 

My collaborations

Professor Akseli acts as an international legal expert in a number of national secured transactions law reform activities. He is also an expert observer in the Unidroit working group for the draft Model Law on Factoring. 

Further information

Professor Akseli was a Visiting Fellow at National University of Singapore (2020); Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (2013-2014); and at New York University  Law School Centre for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law (2016).

He was a visiting faculty at Singapore Management University, City University of Hong Kong, Verona University, Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Yeditepe University. 

He supervised to completion 8 PhD students and is frequently invited as external examiner to PhD vivas in the UK and abroad. 

Teaching

Corporate Law

Commercial Law

Corporate Finance Law

Secured Transactions Law

International Banking Law

International Commercial Dispute Resolution

Research interests

Secured Transactions, Law Reform and Global lawmaking

Corporate and Commercial Law

Arbitration and ADR

Sale of Goods

Opportunities

Professor Akseli is happy to supervise PhD thesis on secured transactions, law reform, corporate finance law, law and finance, and arbitration/mediation. 

Office hours

Professor Akseli's office hours are as follows (in person, online, or by appointment):

Semester 1:

Tuesdays 12-1

Wednesdays 11-12

Semester 2:

Mondays 1-2

Tuesdays 11-12 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • Secured Transactions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Law Reform and Global Lawmaking
  • Sale of Goods

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Global inequalities

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