Cemile Gökyayla is a partner at Akıncı Law, a leading arbitration and litigation firm in Istanbul. With over 10 years’ experience, she is a specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous ad hoc and administered international arbitral proceedings under the UNCITRAL, ICC, DIAC, ICSID, TOBB and ITOTAM arbitration rules governed by many countries’ laws (including Swiss, German, Turkish, Yemeni, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Khazak, Qatari, Emirati, Iraqi and Romanian law).
She is particularly experienced in disputes arising from construction contracts (eg, infrastructure, building, road and energy projects) in Europe, Gulf countries, the Middle East, Africa and CIS countries financed by the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, JBIC, and the World Bank.
Dr Gökyayla advises contractors and employers in international construction projects in Turkey and abroad. She also represents parties in Turkish court proceedings related to the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and board judgments.
Dr Gökyayla is a member of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre National Court and Advising Committee, and worked on the drafting of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre Arbitration Rules. She was previously a member of the sub-committee reviewing the articles regulating domestic arbitration in the Turkish Civil Code. She is also a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.
Dr Gökyayla is the president of the International Private Law Department of the Faculty of Law at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she teaches international arbitration law, international commercial law, foreign investment law and international private law.
Dr Gökyayla participates as speaker or moderator in conferences on international arbitration law or international construction law. She is the author of the following books: Document Production in International Arbitration (2014), International Distribution Agreements (2nd Edition 2013), International Family Law (with Prof Ziya Akıncı 2010) and Public Order in Enforcement of Foreign Judgements (2000). She has also published several articles in the field of international private law.
Dr Gökyayla is fluent in English and Turkish and has a working knowledge of French and German.
WWL says: Cemile Gökyayla provides "an academic understanding of arbitration and strong expertise in commercial disputes".
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