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Güneş Ünüvar

Güneş Ünüvar


Biography Articles

Günes Ünüvar is a post-doctoral research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and counsel partner at Özgür & Ünüvar Legal Consultancy. Formerly a Carlsberg Foundation postdoctoral scholar, he obtained his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2016 with his dissertation focusing on international investment law and adjudication. He was awarded his LL.M. in 2012 from Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel; and LL.B. from Bilkent University in 2010. In the course of his PhD, he conducted research at Columbia Law School in New York and Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels as a visiting researcher. His research interests generally cover issues related to international economic law, treaty interpretation, investor-State arbitration, China and economic policy-making, as well as art and cultural heritage-related dispute settlement. He represents his home institution, iCourts, as a non-governmental observer and a member of the Academic Forum at the UNICTRAL Working Group III meetings on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform since 2018.




  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts)

Ph.D. (2013 – 2016), Copenhagen, Denmark

Thesis: The Transformation of International Investment Law and Politics: The Interplay between Interpretation, Application, and Policy-making

Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Joanna Jemielniak (University of Copenhagen); Associate Professor Sergio Puig (Arizona; co-supervisor)


  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Institute for European Studies

LL.M., International and European Law (2011 – 2012), Brussels, Belgium

Thesis: Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in European Union Bilateral Investment Treaties

Supervisor: Prof. Frank Hoffmeister (VUB; European Commission)


  • Bilkent University, Faculty of Law

LL.B., Law (2005 – 2010), Ankara, Turkey


Current and Recent Positions


  • Özgür & Ünüvar Legal Consultancy, Counsel Partner (May 2018 – Ongoing), Istanbul, Ankara, Turkey; Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1 February 2017 – ongoing), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Research Assistant (1 September 2016 – 31 October 2016), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Columbia University, Law School, Visiting Scholar (10 January 2016 – 31 May 2016), New York, NY, United States
  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), D. Fellow and Lecturer (1 September 2013 – 31 August 2016), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Energy Charter Secretariat, Visiting Researcher (18 August 2014 – 17 September 2014), Brussels, Belgium
  • TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), EU Representative Office, Researcher (1 October 2012 – 31 December 2012), Brussels, Belgium
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Institute for European Studies, Research and Project Development (1 Sept. 2012 – 30 Sept.2012)
  • White & Case, LLP (Cakmak Attorneys-at-Law), Trainee Attorney-at-Law (1 September 2010 – 31 August 2011) Ankara, Turkey


Awards, Scholarships and Honors


  • Carlsberg Foundation (Carlsbergfondet), Carlsberg Foundation Conference Grant (57.400 DKK) for “China, Sustainable Development and Policy-Making, April 10-12, 2019”
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark; project grant (285.310 DKK) for the establishment of Denmark-China Network for International Economic Dispute Resolution (IEDR)
  • Dreyer Foundation, Conference Grant (75.000 DKK) “China, Sustainable Development and Policy-Making, April 10-12, 2019”
  • Norwegian Research Council, Responses to the “Legitimacy Crisis” of International Investment Law (LEGINVEST) Project, iCourts External Collaborator (November 2017 - )
  • Carlsberg Foundation (Carlsbergfondet), Carlsberg Foundation Conference Grant (57.000DKK) for the Conference on “Investment Courts: Challenges and Perspectives” (co-organizer with Assoc. Profs. Shai Dothan and Joanna Jemielniak)
  • Carlsberg Foundation (Carlsbergfondet), Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Denmark (Carlsbergfondets postdoc-stipendier i Danmark, February 2017 – January 2019)
  • Junior Chamber International (JCI) Turkey, Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Program, Winner of the “Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs” Category (2015)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Academy 2015, Participation Certificate, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • The Danish National Research Foundation, Full-time Ph.D. Scholarship (September 2013 – August 2016)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Magna Cum Laude (2012)
  • Bilkent University, Honor (2009 – 2010 Spring, 2007 – 2008 Fall, 2006 – 2007 Fall); High Honor (2006 – 2007 Spring)


Other Scientific Qualifications and Organizational Activities


  • Representative, iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Observer, Working Group III Meetings on ISDS Reform, UNCITRAL (2018 – Ongoing)
  • Member of the Academic Forum for the Working Group III Meetings on ISDS Reform (2018 – Ongoing)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2018-2019) Danish Mandatory Pedagogical Certificate Programme (for Academics), Ongoing
  • Co-Organizer, International Conference on “Investment Courts: Challenges and Perspectives”, 1-2 February 2018 (http://jura.ku.dk/icourts/calendar/investment-courts/)
  • JurForsk (The Danish Legal Research Education Programme) Board Member (2015 – 2016)
  • Member of Ankara Bar (admitted 2012)
  • Member of Union of Turkish Bar Associations (admitted 2012)


Teaching Portfolio


University of Copenhagen


  • International Sales Law: CISG and Commercial Arbitration (Spring 2014, Lecturer)
  • International Courts and Dispute Resolution (Fall 2015, Co-lecturer)
  • International Investment Law (Fall 2017, Fall 2018; Course responsible, Lecturer)
  • Advanced EU Constitutional Law (Fall 2017, Co-lecturer)

Uppsala University


  • Fair and Equitable and Expropriation in International Investment Law (Fall 2016, Invited guest lecturer)

University of Edinburgh


  • Fair and Equitable in International Investment Law (Fall 2017, Invited guest lecturer)




  • Ünüvar, Günes (2019) Permanent Investment Courts: A European Experiment (editor with Joanna Jemielniak and Shai Dothan), European Yearbook of International Economic Law (Springer, forthcoming)
  • Ünüvar, Günes (2019) Impossible Ethics? A Critical Analysis of the Rules on Qualifications and Conduct of Adjudicators in the New EU FTAs in Permanent Investment Courts: A European Experiment, EYIEL Special Issue (Jemielniak, Dothan and Ünüvar (eds.) Springer, 2019 forthcoming)
  • Ünüvar, Günes (2019) The Vague Meaning of Fair and Equitable Treatment Principle in Investment Arbitration and New Generation Clarifications, in Jemielniak, J and Kjær AL (eds.) Legal Interpretation in the Practice of International Courts and Tribunals. Oxford University Press: Oxford (forthcoming) (iCourts Working Paper Series No. 75) Available on SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2774078
  • Ünüvar, Günes (2019) Is CETA the Promised Breakthrough? Interpretation and Evolution of Fair and Equitable Treatment and Indirect Expropriation Provisions, in Pantaleo, L et al. (eds.) The EU as an Actor in International Economic Law. Springer & TMC Asser Press: The Hague (Forthcoming 2019)
  • Jemielniak, Joanna and Ünüvar, Günes (2018) Participatory Aspects of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the EU ‘New Wave’ Trade Agreements (iCourts Working Paper Series No. 75) Available on SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2842519 (forthcoming in Leiden Journal of Int’l Law in 2019)
  • Ünüvar, Günes and Giødesen Thystrup, Amalie (2017) A Waiver for Europe? CETA’s Trade in Services, and Investment Protection Provisions and Their Legal-Political Implications on Regulatory Competence, in Micara AG, Baetens F, Adinolfi G and Caiado J (eds) International Economic Law: Contemporary Issues. Springer
  • Ünüvar, Günes (2016) Transformation of International Law and Politics: Interplay between Interpretation, Application and Policy-making (Ph.D. thesis defended on 9 December 2016, degree obtained 19 December 2016)
  • Sauvant, Karl P. and Ünüvar, Günes (2016) Can Host Countries Have Legitimate Expectations? Columbia FDI Perspectives No. 183 (Peer-reviewed; ISSN 2158-3579) Available on SSRN and Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment website: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2844432
  • Hoffmeister, Frank and Ünüvar, Günes (2013) From BITs to Pieces towards European Investment Agreements in Bungenberg M, Reinisch A and Tietje C (eds) EU and Investment Agreements: Open Questions and Remaining Challenges. Nomos: Baden-Baden
  • Ünüvar, Günes (2012) Dispute Settlement Alternatives in Future EU BITs: Building the Framework for Investment Protection in IES Working Paper Series, No. 1/2012. Available at: http://www.ies.be/working-paper/dispute-settlement-alternatives-future-eu-bits