Dr Orkun Akseli, LLB, MA, LLM, PhD, MCIArb, FHEA
Dr. Orkun Akseli is Associate Professor of Commercial Law at Durham Law School. He joined the Law School in 2011, having previously taught at the University of Manchester as part time seminarist and at the Robert Gordon and Newcastle Universities as lecturer. Dr. Akseli studied for his LLB at Dokuz Eylul University Law Faculty, Izmir, Turkey. He obtained his LLM from the University of Georgia, 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.
His 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 harmonsation and modernisation of secured transactions law.
In 2020, Dr Akseli was awarded with the Fulbright Award to spend time teaching and researching in the USA during Winter/Spring 2021 terms. He was awarded funding (together with Professor John Linarelli) by the Society of Legal Scholars to organise the 2017 Annual Seminar "The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation". The proceedings from this prestigious conference were published by Hart Publishing in 2020. Dr. Akseli was awarded funding by the Modern Law Review 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 held on 14th May 2010. 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 facilitate credit in the face of financial crisis. The proceedings from this conference are now published by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Akseli has been actively involved in national (Secured Transactions Law Reform Project) and international (Unidroit draft Model Law on Factoring; UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions) law reform activities. He is appointed (together with Prof. 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 mechnisms in the Enforcement of Security Interests and Insolvency". The report will be presented in 2022 in Asuncion, Paraguay.
A major conference in Durham entitled "Secured Transactions Law Reform in Other Jurisdictions" under the auspices of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project and the Durham Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law was organised by Dr Akseli. An edited book by Hart Publishing emanated from this conference.
Dr Akseli is a member of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College, British Council Newton Fund Peer Reviewer, 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 a member of Common Core of European Law (Trento) Project Working Group on Property and Security Rights in Immovable Property.
Dr. Akseli is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a number of international arbitration groups. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and the President of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He was co-convenor of Banking and Finance Law subject section of the Society of Legal Scholars. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr. 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 (2017)
He gave visiting lectures at Singapore Management University (2019, 2020), City University of Hong Kong (2020), Verona University Law School (2009), Istanbul Bilgi University (2015) and Istanbul Yeditepe University (2010).
He supervised to completion 7 PhD students and is frequently invited as external examiner to PhD vivas.
- Corporate Law/Commercial Law
- Corporate Finance Law
- International Banking Law
- International Commercial Dispute Resolution
Durham Law School
Durham Law School
- Secured Transactions
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Sale of Goods
- Arbitration and ADR
- Akseli, NO & Bazinas, SV (Accepted). Secured Transactions in Global Lawmaking. Hart Bloomsbury.
- Akseli, Orkun (2011). International Secured Transactions Law: Facilitation of Credit and International Conventions and Instruments. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Chapter in book
- Akseli, N Orkun (2021). Secured Transactions Law Reform in Asia and Access to Finance: What can the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions offer?. In Secured Transactions Law in Asia Principles, Perspectives and Reform. Gullifer, L & Neo, D Hart Bloomsbury. 69-85.
- Akseli, NO (2020). Global Law Making and Global Secured Transactions Lawmaking and National Law Reforms: Quo Vadis Secured Transactions Law?. In The Future of Commercial Law Ways Forward for Change and Reform. Akseli, NO & Linarelli, J Hart Bloomsbury. 285-303.
- Akseli, N.O. (2017). Non-Assignment Clauses and their treatment under UNCITRAL's Secured Transactions Law Instruments. In International and Comparative Secured Transactions Law: Essays in honour of Roderick A Macdonald. Bazinas, S.V. & Akseli, N.O. Hart Publishing. 77-93.
- Akseli, N.O. (2017). SMEs and access to finance: A vulnerability perspective. In Law and Finance after the Financial Crisis: The Untold Stories of the UK Financial Market. Aldohni, A.K. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 116-134.
- Akseli, N.O. (2016). Assignment, Delegation and Third-Party Rights. In International Sales Law: Contract, Principles & Practice. Di Matteo, Larry, Janssen, André, Magnus, Ulrich & Schulze, Rainer Munich: Beck/Hart/Nomos. 813-854.
- Akseli, NO (2016). The United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade and Small Businesses. In Secured Transactions Law Reform: Principles, Policies and Practice. Gullifer, L. & Akseli, NO Oxford; Portland Oregon: Hart Publishing. 465-479.
- Akseli, N.O. (2013). Introduction. In Availability of Credit and Secured Transactions in a Time of Crisis. Akseli, N.O. Cambridge University Press. 1-7.
- Akseli, NO (2013). The Utility and Efficacy of the UN Convention on the Assignment of Receivables and the Facilitation of Credit. In Availability of Credit and Secured Transactions in a Time of Crisis. Akseli, NO Cambridge University Press. 185-215.
- Akseli, Orkun (2012). International Harmonisation of Credit and Security Laws: The Way Forward. In The Theory and Practice of Harmonisation. Andenas, M. & Andersen, C.B. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar. 551-571.
- Akseli, Orkun (2012). Vulnerability and access to low cost credit. In Consumer Credit, Debt and Investment in Europe. Devenney, J. & Kenny, M. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 4-20.
- Akseli, Orkun, Gray, Joanna & Campbell, Andrew (2011). Introduction. In Financial Regulation in Crisis? The Role of Law and the Failure of Northern Rock. Gray, Joanna & Akseli, Orkun Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar. vii-xiv.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2011). The Principle of Debtor Protection under the UN Convention on the Assignment of Receivables. In International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution - Liber Amicorum Eric Bergsten. Kroll, S., Mistelis, L., Perales Viscasillas, P. & Rogers, V Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 509-524.
- Akseli, Orkun (2011). Was Securitisation the Culprit? Explanation of legal processes behind creation of mortgage-backed sub-prime securities. In Financial Regulation in Crisis? The Role of Law and the Failure of Northern Rock. Joanna, Gray & Akseli, Orkun Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar. 1-16.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2008). On the Methods of International Harmonisation of Secured Transactions Law. In Sharing International Commercial Law across National Boundaries: Festschrift for Albert H. Kritzer on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday. Andersen, Camilla B. & Schroeter, Ulrich G. London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill. 1-12.
- Akseli, Orkun (2007). Revocability of Offer: Editorial Remarks on whether and the extent to which the Principles of European Contract Law may be used to help interpret Article 16 of the CISG. In An International Approach to the Interpretation of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980) as Uniform Sales Law. Felemegas, John Cambridge University Press. 301-307.
- Akseli, NO & Linarelli, J (2020). The Future of Commercial Law Ways Forward for Change and Reform. Hart Studies in Commercial and Financial Law. Hart Bloomsbury.
- Bazinas, S.V. & Akseli, N.O. (2017). International and Comparative Secured Transactions Law. Hart Publishing.
- Gullifer, L. & Akseli, N.O. (2016). Secured Transactions Law Reform: Principles, Policies and Practice. Oxford; Portland Oregon: Hart Publishing.
- van Boom, W, Garde, A & Akseli, NO (2014). Experiencing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. Markets and the Law. Ashgate.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2013). Availability of Credit and Secured Transactions in a Time of Crisis. Cambridge University Press.
- Gray, Joanna & Akseli, Orkun (2011). Financial Regulation in Crisis?: The Role of Law and the Failure of Northern Rock. Elgar Financial Law series. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar.
- Akseli, NO, Chiu, I H-Y, Linarelli, J & Schwarcz, S (2021). Financial Inclusion, Access to Credit, and Sustainable Finance. Law and Contemporary Problems, 84 (1): Duke University.
- Akseli, NO (2021). Financial Inclusion, Access to Credit, and Sustainable Finance: What role for the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions? Law and Contemporary Problems 84(1).
- Akseli, Orkun (2017). Mediation in disputes arising in the context of enforcement of security interests. Uniform Law Review 22(4): 747-772.
- Akseli, Orkun (2013). Securitisation, the Financial Crisis and the need for effective risk retention. European Business Organization Law Review 14(1): 1-27.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2013). The Interpretation Philosophy of Secured Transactions Law Conventions. European Review of Private Law 21(5): 1299-1318.
- Akseli, Orkun (2009). Contractual prohibitions on assignment of receivables: an English and UN perspective. Journal of Business Law (7): 650-678.
- Akseli, Orkun (2007). Turkish law and the UNCITRAL’s work on the assignment of receivables with a special reference to the assignment of future receivables. Law and Financial Markets Review 1(1): 45-54.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2006). The UNCITRAL Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade, Assignment of Future Receivables and Turkish Law. International Business Law Journal 2006(6): 767-787.
- Akseli, Orkun (2004). The New EU Financial Conglomerates Directive. International Trade Law and Regulation 10(6): 125-128.
- Akseli, Orkun (2003). Appointment of Arbitrators as specified in the Agreement to Arbitrate. Journal of International Arbitration 20(3): 247-254.
- Akseli, Orkun (2003). Commentary on whether and the extent to which the Principles of European Contract Law may be used to interpret Article 16 of the CISG. Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration 7(1): 151-160.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2003). Editorial remarks on the Manner in which the PECL may be used to interpret or supplement CISG Article 16.
- Akseli, N. Orkun (2001). Advertising and "Pass-Through" Warranties Under Revised Article 2. Commercial Law Journal 106(1): 65-81.
- Akseli, NO (2014). Written Evidence on Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
- 2020: Fulbright Award
- 2017: The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation (£10000.00 from The Society of Legal Scholars)
- 2016: Northeast ESRC IAA - "The Untold Stories of the Financial Crisis: the Challenge of Credit Availability", £3633.46 (with TT Arvind and AK Aldohni)
- 2016: The Society of Legal Scholars Seminar Series 2017, "The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation", £10,000 (with John Linarelli)
- 2012: Legal Transplants and Harmonisation, £912, The Society of Legal Scholars
- 2010: The Modern Law Review Seminar Funds, £4000
- The World Bank, Community Practice on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes
- UNCITRAL Working Group VI Security Interests
- Unidroit Working Group on draft Model Law on Factoring
- Common Core of European Private Law (Trento Project)
- Company/Commercial Law
- International Banking Law
- International Commercial Dispute Resolution