11 October 2018

University of Marmara, Istanbul/Turkey


Contractual Issues in Private International Law


Dear Participants,

We are very pleased to announce that an international conference on ‘Contractual Issues in Private International Law’ is going to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 11, 2018, by University of Marmara, Faculty of Law, Department of Private International Law. We are looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from both Turkey and abroad to participate in this international meeting. 

The main goal of the conference is to study and discuss contractual matters in international legal practice within the context of private international law discipline, considering several topics. We hope to get the desired results discussing the papers and studies of our colleagues analyzing contract-related legal matters in depth. The papers sent for the presentation will be evaluated by the Steering Committee, formed by the Organization Commission and the contributors of selected papers will be contacted back.

We request from researchers who would like to give a presentation to send their abstracts to us via email address.

We will be proud of being with you in the conference in Istanbul, a fascinating historical city.   

Best regards,   
Conference Co-Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. MUSTAFA ERKAN

Conference Poster


08:30-09:00 Registration and Welcoming

09:00-09:30 Opening Speeches

09:30-11:00 First Session: Conflict of Laws in Specific Contractual Relations

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Hatice Özdemir Kocasakal (Galatasaray University, Turkey)

1- Prof. Dr. Vahit Doğan (Antalya Bilim University, Turkey) - Contractual and Non-Contractual Liabilities of Audit Companies in International Business
2- Dr. İsmail Esin (Esin Attorney Partnership, Turkey) - Shareholders’ Agreement
3- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cemile Demir Gökyayla (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) - The Law Governing Distribution Contracts
4- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hatice Selin Pürselim Arning (Marmara University, Turkey) - Applicable Law to Consumer Contracts

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Second Session: Soft Law in Private International Law

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Bahadır Erdem (Istanbul University, Turkey)

1- Prof. Dr. Toni Deskoski / Asst. Prof. Dr. Vangel Dokovski (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia) - Overriding mandatory rules and public policy (ordre public) as restriction of party autonomy in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts
Asst. Prof. Dr. Candan Yasan Tepetaş (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) - UNIDROIT Principles In International Arbitration
3- Asst. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Akif Karaca (Marmara University, Turkey) - The Choice Of “Legal Rules” In State Court Adjudications Arising Out Of International Commercial Contracts: Analysis Of The Hague Principles Article 3
Sharareh Dastmalchi (Sanglaj International Consultants, Iran) - A Comparative Study of Applicable Law in International Commercial Contracts within the Hague Conference Principles (2015)

13:00-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-15:45 Third Session: Conflict of Laws in Contractual Issues

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sibel Özel (Marmara University, Turkey)

1- Emmanuel Guinchard (Northumbria University, United Kingdom) - Rome I in practice: The Judicial Application of the Rome I Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations
Joyce Williams (Armooh-Williams PLLC, USA) - The Times they are Changing: Examining how Digital Technology is changing the rules of International Private Law
Maka Mahbuba Mammadova (Azerbaijan) - Choice of law in international commercial contracts and veil piercing
4- Res. Asst. Süleyman Yasir Zorlu (Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Turkey) - Provalidation Approach to the Law Governing the Arbitration Agreement

15:45-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:45 Fourth Session: International Jurisdiction of Courts

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Bilgin Tiryakioğlu (Bilkent University, Turkey)

1- Prof. Dr. Ziya Akıncı (Galatasaray University, Turkey) - Disputes in International Construction Contracts and the Claim Procedure
Asst. Prof. Dr. Dora Zgrabljić Rotar (University of Zagreb, Croatia) - Damages as a Remedy for the Breach of Choice of Court Agreements under EU Law 
Dr. Ugljesa Grusic (University College London, United Kingdom) - Jurisdiction over Void and Voidable Contracts Under the Brussels I Regulation
Aygun Mammadzada (University of Southampton, United Kingdom) - Is the fog over Non-European States lifted?

17:45-18:00 Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee

  • Res.Asst. Kazım ÇINAR

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Assoc. Prof. Mustafa ERKAN

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Res Asst. Seçil ETLİOĞLU

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Dr. H. Akif KARACA

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Sibel ÖZEL

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Dr. Zeynep ÖZGENÇ

    Faculty of Law, Uludağ University, Turkey

  • Res.Asst. Ayşenur ÖZTÜRK

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Assoc. Prof. Hatice Selin PÜRSELİM ARNİNG

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Res Asst. Elif Selen BATIGÜN

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Res.Asst. Can YÖNEY

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Ziya AKINCI

    Faculty of Law, Galatasaray University, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Yusuf ÇALIŞKAN

    Faculty of Law, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. B. Bahadır ERDEM

    Faculty of Law, Istanbul University, Turkey

  • Assoc. Prof. Mustafa ERKAN

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Yaoming HSU

    College of Law, National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan

  • Prof. Dr. Andrea LISTA

    School of Law, University of Exeter (Chair in Commercial Law), United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Umar MAHMOD

    School of Law, Xinjiang University, China

  • Prof. Dr. (Munir) A F M MANIRUZZAMAN

    Portsmouth Law School, University of Portsmouth (Chair in International and Business Law), United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Hatice ÖZDEMİR KOCASAKAL

    Faculty of Law, Galatasaray University, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Sibel ÖZEL

    Faculty of Law, University of Marmara, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Günseli ÖZTEKİN GELGEL

    Faculty of Law, Istanbul University, Turkey

  • Dr. Mavluda SATTOROVA

    School of Law, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Bilgin TİRYAKİOĞLU

    Faculty of Law, İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, Turkey

  • Prof. Dr. Ayfer UYANIK

    Faculty of Law, Mef University, Turkey

Rules for Submissions

The deadline for submission of abstracts has passed and the papers deemed suitable for presentation have been selected by the Scientific Committee. We thank everyone who submitted a paper for their interest in the conference. 

In the full papers to be sent, the A4 (29,7 x 21,0 cm) size paper should be used. The papers should be written in the Times New Roman format. The font size should be 12 and single spacing should be preferred.

The papers should include an abstract and keywords. The main text of the paper is expected to be at least 3000 words long, excluding the footnotes, on the other hand there is no upper limit in terms of word count. The suggested citation method is MLA Style 8th Edition. For further information on the method, please see:

The papers should be delivered to us ideally before the conference (11 October 2018) or by 31 October 2018 at the latest via our e-mail address

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the conference take place?

    The conference will take place on October 11, 2018.

  • How can I register for the conference?

    You can register for the conference as participant by filling out the form at

  • Do I have to pay to attend?

    No, the conference is free of charge.

  • In which language the conference will take place?

    The conference will take place in both English and Turkish languages. A simultaneous translation service will also be provided.

  • When is the deadline for the submission of papers?

    The deadline for the submission of papers is August 20, 2018.

  • From whom consists of the Scientific Committee?

    The Scientific Committee consists of Prof. Dr. Yaoming Hsu (National Cheng-Chi University), Prof. Dr. Andrea Lista (University of Exeter), Prof. Dr. Umar Mahmod (Xinjiang University), Prof. Dr. (Munir) A F M Maniruzzaman (University of Portsmouth), Dr. Mavluda Sattorova (University of Liverpool), Prof. Dr. Ziya Akıncı (University of Galatasaray), Prof. Dr. Yusuf Çalışkan (Ibn Haldun University), Prof. Dr. Bahadır Erdem (University of Istanbul), Prof. Dr. Hatice Özdemir Kocasakal (University of Galatasaray), Prof. Dr. Sibel Özel (University of Marmara), Prof. Dr. Günseli Öztekin Gelgel (University of Istanbul), Prof. Dr. Bilgin Tiryakioğlu (İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University), Prof. Dr. Ayfer Uyanık (MEF University) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Erkan (University of Marmara).

  • When will the selected papers be announced?

    Papers deemed to be suitable for presentation will be announced by September 10, 2018.

  • From whom consists of the Organizing Committee?

    The Organizing Committee consists of Prof. Dr. Sibel Özel, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Erkan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hatice Selin Pürselim Arning, Dr. H. Akif Karaca, Dr. Zeynep Özgenç, Res. Asst. Kazım Çınar, Res. Asst. Can Yöney, Res. Asst. Ayşenur Öztürk, Res. Asst. Elif Selen Batıgün and Res. Asst. Seçil Etlioğlu.

  • How can I contact you?

    You can contact us via our email address

  • How can I submit my paper to you? What are the rules to be followed in the preparation of the papers?

    You may send your papers to us via Papers should include the purpose, significance and conclusion of the study and be written in the English language. Papers should consist of 300 to 500 words.Papers should be sent in both “Microsoft Word” (doc or docx) and “pdf” file formats and it is kindly requested to name the files as ''name of the study, underscore (_), name and surname of the author. (For instance, “internationalarbitrationagreements_mustafaerkan”) The title of the paper should include the name of the study and the name, title, workplace and contact information of the author (e.g. phone number and e-mail address). A4 (29,7 x 21,0 cm) size paper must be used. The left margin must be at least 3 cm wide, other three margins must be at least 2.5 cm wide. Times New Roman font is acceptable. The font size should be 12 and 1.5 line spacing should be used. The title should be centered, single-spaced and in font size 12.

  • Which subjects the conference will be related to?

    The conference will essentially be focused on contractual issues in private international law. In this regard, it is possible to submit papers regarding applicable law to international commercial contracts, jurisdiction agreements, international commercial arbitration, party autonomy in private international law and other issues regarding contracts in the context of private international law.

  • I will be participating to the conference from another city or country. Do you cover the expenses for accommodation and/or transportation?

    No, the Organizing Committee is unfortunately unable to assist the participants regarding accommodation and transportation expenses. Therefore, all participants, including the speakers, are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodation and transportation.

  • I will need a visa in order to enter Turkey. Can you provide me with an acceptance letter for my visa application?

    Yes, we can provide you with such a letter upon your request.

  • Where will the conference take place?

    The conference will take place in our university’s Sultanahmet Campus in Istanbul, Turkey. The full address is as follows: Marmara Üniversitesi Rektörlük (Marmara University Rectorate) 34413 Sultanahmet, İstanbul. For the Google Maps link of the campus, please see


Ord. Prof. Dr. Nihad Sayar Conference Hall, University of Marmara, Sultanahmet, ISTANBUL

Contact : Mustafa ERKAN