Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley
Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley is a Senior Lecturer in law and the Director of the Centre for Commercial Law. She is also the Programme Coordinator for commercial law themed LLMs (online, on-campus and blended) with a focus on international commercial law, international trade law and sustainability, and the Senior Personal Tutor in the Law School.
Burcu has benefitted from experience in a wide range of research and education institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Turkey for over 15 years. She obtained her LLB and PhD in Private International Law from Turkey, and her LLM in International and Comparative Business Law from England. Before joining the University of Aberdeen in 2014 initially as a researcher, she worked at the leading Turkish university, Ankara, at the Department of Private International Law of the Law Faculty. She also practised law and worked at the Export Credit Bank of Turkey (Turk Eximbank) where she dealt with legal and practical aspects of international trade finance.
Burcu has several publications on aspects of international trade and finance law, private international law, international payments, international commercial law and dispute resolution, law and technology (in particular digitalisation, distributed ledger technology/blockchain and virtual/digital/cryptocurrencies) and Turkish law. She has been involved in international collaborative research projects. She regularly speaks at international conferences and acts as a referee for articles submitted to prestigious and internationally renowned UK and Turkish academic journals. She has been appointed by courts in the UK and Turkey to give expert opinion evidence on matters involving a foreign element. She is a NERC Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Fellow of the Digital Environment Expert Network as part of the multidisciplinary NERC/UKRI ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Director, Centre for Commercial Law (Formerly Co-Director (2019-2020) and Associate Director (2018-2019)
Programme Coordinator, Commercial Law Themed LLMs (online, on-campus and blended) with a focus on international commercial law, international trade law and sustainability
Senior Personal Tutor in the Law School
Chair, School Student Support Committee
Member, University Student Support Committee
Member, University Senior Pastoral Support & Guidance Forum
Member, School Research Committee
Member, School Education Committee
Member, School Postgraduate Research Committee
Member, School Postgraduate Taught Policy Committee
Member, School CB Davidson Bequest Fund and Bursaries and Endowments Committee (2016-2020)
Member, Centre for Private International Law (2012-2022)
- External Memberships
NERC Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Fellow of Digital Environment Expert Network as part of the NERC/UKRI ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme
Member, International Private Law Reference Group of Law Society of Scotland
Member, Young ISTAC (Istanbul Arbitration Centre, Turkey)
Member, IACPIL (Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law, Austria)
External Examiner, University of Edinburgh
External Examiner, Edinburgh Napier University
Burcu's research interests are in the following areas:
- international trade and finance law
- private international law (international jurisdiction, applicable law and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil, commercial and family law matters),
- international payments
- international commercial law and dispute resolution,
- law and technology (in particular digitalisation, virtual/digital/cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology and blockchain),
- Turkish law.
Burcu is currently researching on digitalisation in international trade, virtual/digital/cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology and blockchain. She is particularly interested in conflict of laws and emerging technology.
Funding and Grants
- 2021- present: Time to Become Digital in Law (DIGinLaw), funded by the European Commission, Erasmus+ Programme (Position held: Co-Investigator).
- 2020-present: NERC Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Fellow of the Digital Environment Expert Network, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), NERC/UKRI ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme.
- 2014-2016: Cross-Border Litigation in Europe: Private International Law Legislative Framework, National Courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUPILLAR), JUST/2013/JCIV/AG/4635, funded by the European Commission, Civil Justice Programme (Position held: Researcher).
- 2012-2013: Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (series of workshops), EU Private International Law Research Network, funded by the European Commission, Jean Monnet Scheme (Position held: National Coordinator for Turkey).
- LS2532 Private International Law
- LS401Q/LX401Q Private International Law of Commercial Law Honours
- LS451U/LS451U International Trade Law Honours (Course Coordinator)
- LS508A International Trade and Finance Law
- LS502K Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
- LS5909 Professional Skills: International Trade Negotiation (Course Coordinator)
- LS503D/LS553D Financing of International Sales (online) (Course Coordinator)
- LS503B/LS553B International Sale of Goods (online)
- LS5811 Law, Business, Security: Petroleum Data Management
- LS1520 Contract
- LS2032 Public International Law
- LS2536 Introduction to Comparative Law
- LS502Q Private International Law- Jurisdiction, Recognition & Enforcement
- LS5098 World Trade Organisation: GATT
- LS553A Core Principles of WTO Law (online) (Course Coordinator)
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United Kingdom (UK) Report for Questionnaire in View of the General Report on Cryptocurrencies: The Impossible Domestic Law Regime?Commissioned by International Academy of Comparative Law. 116 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
COVID-19 Related Export Bans and Restrictions Under WTO Law and the Determination of Their Legal Effects on International Sale of Goods Contracts Between Parties Located in WTO Member States: Interplay Between Public and Private International LawBlurry Boundaries of Public and Private International Law. Sooksripaisarnkit, P., Prasad, D. (eds.). Springer, pp. 157-177, 21 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Law Commission of England and Wales’s New Project on Conflict of Laws and Emerging TechnologyNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Commentary to the Commission’s proposal for the “AI Act” – Response to selected issuesNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
The Rome I Regulation, the CISG and the EU-AstraZeneca DisputeNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
COVID-19 and Illegal Wildlife Trade: Where does the Law Fail and How Digital Technologies can help?NERC.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
David Fox & Sarah Green (eds), Cryptocurrencies in Public and Private LawEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 309-311Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Transition to Paperless Trade to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact on International TradeNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Use of Blockchain Technology in Cross-Border Legal Cooperation under the Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)University of Aberdeen.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Non-Uniform Application of European Union Private International LawDiversity and Integration in Private International Law . Ruiz Abou-Nigm, V., Blanca Noodt Taquela, M. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 83-94Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters