Professor Burcu Yüksel Ripley

Professor Burcu Yüksel Ripley
Professor Burcu Yüksel Ripley
Professor Burcu Yüksel Ripley

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About
Email Address
b.yuksel@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273602
Office Address

School of Law

Taylor Building, Room D40

Aberdeen

AB24 3UB

School/Department
School of Law

Biography

Professor Yüksel Ripley specialises in commercial aspects of international trade law, private international law and crypto/digital assets. She is the Theme Coordinator for commercial and trade law LLMs and a former Director of the Centre for Commercial Law.   

Burcu 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, she worked at the Department of Private International Law at Ankara University 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 published on international trade and finance law, private international law, international payments, international commercial dispute resolution, digital assets and Turkish law. She is the author of Uluslararası Elektronik Fon Transferine Uygulanacak Hukuk (The Law Applicable to International Electronic Funds Transfers) and co-editor of Turkish and EU Private International Law, Cross-Border Litigation in Europe, and From Theory to Practice in Private International Law: Gedächtnisschrift for Professor Jonathan Fitchen. She has been involved in various internationally collaborative research projects and appointed by courts in the UK and Turkey to give expert opinion evidence on private international law matters.

Burcu is a member of the CBDC Academic Advisory Group of the Bank of England and HM Treasury and of the Advisory Panel of the Digital assets and ETDs in private international law: which court, which law? law reform project. Formerly, she was a NERC Fellow of the Digital Environment Expert Network; a Special Rapporteur for the UK for the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL)’s General Report on ‘Cryptocurrencies: the impossible domestic law regime?’, and an Observer on the Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and Emerging Technologies.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director, Centre for Commercial Law (2020-2023); 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 (2020-2022)

Chair, School Student Support Committee (2021-2022)

Member, University Student Support Committee (2020-2022)

Member, University Senior Pastoral Support & Guidance Forum (2020-2022)

Member, School Research Committee (2020-2023)

Member, School Education Committee (2020-2022)

Member, School Postgraduate Research Committee (2020-2023)

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

Member, Advisory Panel of Digital assets and ETDs in private international law: which court, which law? 

Member, CBDC Academic Advisory Group of the Bank of England and HM Treasury

NERC Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Fellow, Digital Environment Expert Network as part of the NERC/UKRI ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme (2020-2023)

Special Rapporteur for the UK, International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL)’s General Report on ‘Cryptocurrencies: the impossible domestic law regime?’ (Asunción 2022 General Congress, Topic IX.C)

Observer, Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and Emerging Technologies of the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute (2021-2022)

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)

Member, EAPIL (European Association of Private International Law, Luxembourg)

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh 

External Examiner, Edinburgh Napier University

Research

Research Overview

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 (including digitalisation, digital assets and in particular cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology and blockchain),
  • Turkish law. 

Current Research

Burcu is currently researching on digitalisation in international trade, digital assets, distributed ledger technology and blockchain. She is particularly interested in conflict of laws and emerging technology. 

Funding and Grants

  • 2023- present: Digital Assets in Scots Private Law: Innovating for the Future, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Research Workshops Grant (Position held: Principal Investigator)  
  • 2021- 2023: Time to Become Digital in Law (DIGinLaw), funded by the European Commission, Erasmus+ Programme (Position held: Co-Investigator). 
  • 2020- 2023: 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).
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate:

  • LS2532 Private International Law
  • LS401Q/LX401Q Private International Law of Commercial Law Honours
  • LS451U/LS451U International Trade Law Honours (Course Coordinator)

Postgraduate:

  • 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

 Previously: 

  • 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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