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Emin Özkurt

Emin Özkurt

Özkurt Law OfficeGümüssuyu Mah. Miralay Sefikbey Sok. No: 1/3 Beyoğlu/IstanbulTurkey34437

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Sports 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Emin Özkurt is hailed by sources as an "excellent sports lawyer" with deep international expertise and experience.

Biography

Emin ÖZKURT is managing partner at Özkurt Law Office. He holds a degree from the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Law and also has an LLM from The University of Manchester in International Business Law.

Mr. ÖZKURT is an independent Legal & Sports Consultant with experience across a broad range of disciplines including corporate, IT, regulatory, intellectual property, dispute resolution, competition and commercial law fields. He has done work in a number of sectors such as telecommunications, sports, gaming, company, financial services, media and retail.

He particularly has an extensive knowledge and experience in sports law and its regulation. He also consults international and national companies primarily on commercial law, company law, competition law matters. He also advice companies on participation in tender offers, negotiation of contracts and other relevant matters.

Emin is an internationally recognized authority on sports law and is the sole Turkish Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Emin ÖZKURT is also one of the founding Arbitrators at the newly created EuroLeague Arbitration Panel namely as EuroLeague Basketball Dispute Resolution Chamber. At this Arbitration Tribunal, Emin is one of the nine arbitrators to resolve contractual disputes between clubs and head coaches at EuroLeague in Lugano, Switzerland.

Moreover, Emin is one of the few founding arbitrators at the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal (QSAT). QSAT aims to provide parties with an efficient and effective mechanism for resolving sports-related disputes through arbitration and mediation. Emin Özkurt is amongst these thirty international Arbitrators at QSAT in Doha, Qatar.

Emin Özkurt is also one of the leading voices in the emerging area of esports. He is the Legal Director of Turkish Esport Federation. He is responsible with the legally drafting the regulations on esports in Turkey and leading the legal scene on this field.

He also has an extensive experience in sports-related disputes. Throughout his career, Emin has acted for athletes, coaches, agents, clubs and federations in a variety of different matters, including contractual claims, doping infractions and disciplinary appeals. 

Emin also has appeared before FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (FIFA DRC), UEFA Disciplinary Bodies, Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Swiss Federal Tribunal and also before the Turkish Sporting Bodies for sport related disputes.

Furthermore, Emin ÖZKURT is a professor in sports law and gives lectures on sports at many venues such as the prestigious Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) Master in International Sports Law, Union of Turkish Bars and also many Universities in Turkey.

Emin participates in numerous international seminars and conferences about sport law and he has many articles published on this subject.

He is also member of the Editorial Board of “LawInSport” and "Football Legal" both of which are international Journals dedicated to sports law.

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