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Dr. Mahmut Tevfik BIRSEL, Partner


Bar Admission: 1955, İzmir and currently registered with the İstanbul Bar Association.

Legal Education: University of Paris (Ph.D. with honors, 1954), University of Ankara (LL.B., 1950).

Academic Titles: Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, 1957-83, Ege University; Founding Professor, Dokuz Eylul University, School of Law; Senate member 1971-74, and Vice Rector 1973-74, Aegean University.

Memberships: Arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, 1997-, Member, Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce 1970-1984, and 1995 -, Vice Chairman, 1995-, Arbitration Panel of The Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Turkey; Member, Banking and Commercial Law Institute, Insurance Law Association 1964 -, Swiss Arbitration Association 1991-, Association Henri Capitant, Deutsch - Türkische Juristenvereinigung; Istanbul Bar Association; Member, Board of Directors of Vehbi Koç Foundation 1996-.

Foreign Languages:  English and French.

Academic Works and Publications:



“Mediterranean Our Meeting Place and Essays on History and Law”, İzmir 2015.

“Mediterranean: Our Meeting Place”, İzmir 2000.

“Concept of Profit in Company Law”, İzmir 1973.

“Conflict of Interest between the Company and its Shareholders concerning the Company Profits with referance to Precedents of the Court of Cassation”, Ankara 1971.

“Law of Commercial Undertakings”, İzmir 1970.


“New Approaches in the Auditing of Joint Stock Companies” (with Dr. Ali Murat Sevi), in Tribute to Prof. Dr. Ersin Çamoğlu, Istanbul 2013, p.33 – 60.

“Application of Article 4/A of the Law numbered 3095 to Legal Default Interest in Foreign Currency Obligations” (with Dr. Ali Murat Sevi), in Tribute to Bilge Umar, Izmir 2010, p.1029 – 1070.

“Corpus Juris Civilis and Current Law Culture”, Journal of İstanbul Bar Association, 2009, Vol.LXXXIII, N. 4, p.1751-1776.

“The Dilemma in Otoman Codification Efforts: To be “European” or “Sick Man” and the Republic of Turkey”, A Tribute to Prof. Dr. Tuğrul Ansay, Ankara 2006, p.1 – 25.

“Constitutional and Global Dimensions of Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Turkey”, A Tribute to Prof. Dr. İrfan Baştuğ, İzmir 2005, p.1 – 38.

 “The Importance of Choice of Place of Arbitration”, International Arbitration Seminar in Ankara, March 10, 2003.

Chapter on Turkey in Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, (with Dr. Ali Yeşilırmak and Ahmet Çavuşoğlu).

“International Commercial Arbitration: A General Overview and Court of Cassation Decisions on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, Ambiguities over “Applicable Procedural Law”, A Tribute to Prof. Dr. Hayri Domaniç, 2001.

“Views on Power Project Investments and on the Amendment [Re: Arbitration] to Article 125 of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey”, Symposium on the Arbitration and the Public Services Rendering Procedures after the new Constitutional Amendment in a Law – Economy Perspective, Liberte Publications, 2001.

“The Impact of International Arbitration Conventions and Bilateral Treaties on the Development of Commercial Arbitration in Turkey”, A Tribute to Prof. Dr. Sulhi Tekinay, İstanbul 1999, p.119 – 141 (in English).

“Turkish Arbitration Law and UNCITRAL Model Law - Suggestions in the Area of International Arbitration” (with Dr. Ali Cem Budak), “Symposium - Is There any Need to a Legislative Regulation Concerning International Arbitration”, Ankara 1997.

“The Impact of International Arbitration Conventions and Bilateral Investments Treaties on the Turkish Arbitration Law”, A Tribute to Prof. Dr. Ali Bozer, Ankara 1998, p.449 – 538.

"Bank Securities and Other Credit Enforcement Methods" (with Dr. Hasan Nerad), Kluwer Law International, 1995 (in English).

“Problems in Debt Collection Procedures Concerning Investment Loans from Foreign Sources” (with Dr. Ercüment Erdem), Symposium on Problems of Enterprises regarding  Insolvency in Turkish, English and US Law Systems  and Relations with Banks, İstanbul 1993, p.315 – 338.

“The Enforcement in Turkey of Arbitral Awards Rendered in Accordance with the ICC Arbitration RULES; within the Framework of Law No:2675”, Deuxieme Semaine d’Arbitrage Reconnaissance et Exécution en Turquie des Sentences arbitrales étrangères, Ankara 1984, p.141 – 163.

“International Commercial Arbitration and Turkey”, Aegean University Law School Journal, 1980, N.1, p.97 – 122.

“The Evolution of International Economic Order Towards the Organic Concept of Law”, Banking and Commercial Law Journal, 1977, Vol. IX, N.1, p.83 – 98 (in English).

“Minority Rights in Joint Stock Companies”, A Tribute to İmran Öktem, Ankara 1970, p.621 – 659.

“Commercial Customs”, Law Journal of Ankara Bar Association, Ankara 1968.

“An Evaluation of the Turkish Commercial Code or a first Step to a Code on Economy”, Law Journal of İzmir Bar Association, 1967, N.25, p.6 – 19.

“Certificates not Representing a Portion in the Share Capital”, Banking and Commercial Law Journal, 1966, Vol. III, N. 4, p.694 et seq.

“Economic Aspects of Corporate Profits and its Importance”, Journal of Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences, İzmir 1966.

Intuitus Personae in Appointing an Commercial Agent”, Banking and Commercial Law Journal, 1963, Vol. II, N.1 p.1 – 13.

“Shareholders’ Right to Dividend in Joint Stock Companies”, Deuxieme Semaine de Droit Commercial et de Droit Bancaire, Ankara 1961, p.325 – 347.

“Auditors in Joint Stock Companies and the Profession of Chartered Accountants”, La Semaine de Droit Commercial et de Droit Bancaire, Ankara 1959, p.125 – 133.