Dr Can Eken

Durham University


England and Wales; California (USA); Turkiye (formerly Turkey)

Durham, England, The United Kingdom

Commercial arbitration
Investment arbitration
Commercial contracts
Third-party funding

English and Turkish

PhD in Laws, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Master's in Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Master's in Law, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
Bachelor’s in Law, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey


Eken, C. (2022) "Analysis of Third-Party Funding within the Islamic Framework" TDM 6, www.transnational- dispute-management.com URL: www.transnational-dispute-management.com/article.asp?key=2967

Eken, C. (2022). A Detailed Comparison of Third-Party Funding Regulations in Hong Kong and Singapore. Asia Pacific Law Review, 29(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/10192557.2021.1979799

Bergolla, L., Seif, K., & Eken, C. (2021). A Socio-Legal Case Study of Decentralized Justice & Blockchain Arbitration. Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 37(1). http://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3918485

Chaisse, J., & Eken, C. (2020). The Monetization of Investment Claims: Promises and Pitfalls of Third-Party Funding. Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 44(2–3), 113–166. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly- journals/monetization-investment-claims-promises-pitfalls/docview/2466062187/se-2?accountid=13042

Eken, C. (2018). Applicable Law to Merits in International Arbitration and its Relation with Mandatory Rules and Public Policy. Young Arbitration Review, 28, 52–65.

Book Reviews
Yuksel, C., & Eken, C. (2021). [Review of the book The American Influence on International Commercial Arbitration: Doctrinal Developments and Discovery Methods (2nd ed.), edited by P. J. Martinez-Fraga]. Public and Private International Law Bulletin, 41(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.26650/ppil.2021.41.1.846374

Eken, C. (2019). [Review of the book China’s International Investment Strategy: Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy, edited by J. Chaisse]. Public and Private International Law Bulletin, 39(2), 713–720. https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/ppil/issue/47850/654479

Blog Posts
Eken, C. (2021, October 25). Should Environmental Concerns be Considered in Investment Arbitration Rulings? The American Review of International Arbitration. http://aria.law.columbia.edu/should-environmental-concerns- be-considered-in-investment-arbitration-rulings/

Eken, C. (2021, September 15). Tribunal Secretaries: Explained. FGV Blog De Arbitragem. https://www.fgvblogdearbitragem.com.br/post/tribunal-secretaries-explained

Eken, C. (2018). [Translation from English to Turkish: Critically Thinking: International Arbitration in Context,
by J. Kleinheisterkamp]. Istanbul Bar Association Journal, 92(5), 263–272.

Eken, C. (2014). [Translation from English to Turkish: Applicable United Nations Convention on the Carriage of
Goods by Sea (Hamburg Rules)]. Istanbul Bar Association Journal, 88(1), 314–340.

I have been speaking regularly in international conferences, universities and other platforms around the globe since 2018.

Member, Durham International Dispute Resolution Institute (DIDRI)
Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB) & Committee Member, CIARB Thames Valley Branch
Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
Executive Secretariat, Asia Pacific FDI Network
Fellow, Tashkent Law School, Uzbekistan

Also, a member of Young ICCA, ICC YAF & LCIA YIAG and other legal forums.

Dr Can Eken is an assistant professor at Durham Law School, Durham University. His research and teaching mainly focus on international commercial arbitration, investment law and third-party funding. Other than international arbitration, his research interests also cover online dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms with a specific focus on commercial mediation.

As a triple-qualified lawyer admitted to practise law as an attorney in California and Turkey, and as a solicitor in England and Wales, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), he is an expert on international arbitration proceedings and has proven experience in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. A winner of the Postgraduate Research Output Award 2021 and several other international recognitions, he has extensively researched, given lectures and training on international commercial arbitration, investment law, third-party funding, contracts, online dispute resolution and torts in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Israel, Canada, Australia, India, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. He is fully equipped to act as a sole arbitrator, party- appointed arbitrator, and counsel in international arbitration proceedings. He has served as a counsel and legal adviser in complex international commercial arbitration cases.

Dr Eken is one of the founding members of the Durham International Dispute Resolution Institute (DIDRI), and he is also on the panel of arbitrators at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and Thailand Arbitration Centre. Dr Eken coaches the Durham Law School team every year to attend the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna since 2022. He serves as a peer reviewer for the Asian Pacific Law Review, and also on the Executive Secretariat of the Asia Pacific FDI Network. He is also a Central Asian Legal Research (CALR) Fellow at Tashkent Law School, Uzbekistan, a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and a Senior Common Room (SCR) member at the University College (Castle) at Durham University. Dr Eken regularly gives lectures and offers consultancy services in international arbitration.

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