Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir

Board Member and Leading Researcher

Prof. Dr. Xxx Ademuni-Odeke

Special Adviser and Senior Researcher

Prof. Dr. Yücel Acer

Senior Researcher

Dr. Ceren Cerit Dindar

Senior Researcher

Adnan Menderes Aydın

Education Coordinator

Büşra Deniz


Derya Ulutürk


Emre Önsöz


Hakan Ekinci

Project Coordinator

Zeynep Mirvan Korunç


Bilge Sena Erdem


Çağrı Ünal


Halil İbrahim Akcan


Prof.dr. ismail demir

Prof. Ismail Demir is a highly accomplished professional with an extensive educational background and notable contributions in the field of maritime law. Prof. Demir pursued his legal education at Ankara University Faculty of Law, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from 1983 to 1987.

Prof. Demir completed his Master’s degree in the field of “Invalidity of Collective Labor Agreements” and published his thesis on this subject. Later, in 2010, he delved deeper into the realm of maritime law and successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “Salvage within the Framework of the London Convention.”

He continued his studies at Gazi University, where he joined the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Labor and Social Security Law, from 1994 to 1997. Subsequently, he pursued his studies at Ankara University Institute of Social Sciences, specialising in Maritime Law within the Department of Private Law, from 2004 to 2009. In recognition of his expertise and dedication, Prof. Demir was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Maritime Law in 2012. Since 2020, Prof. Demir has been an esteemed member of the Board of Directors at the Ankara University National Center for the Sea and Maritime Law. In 2023, he assumed the prestigious role of Leading Researcher at DEHUKAM.

Prof. Dr. Ademuni-Odeke

Prof. Ademuni-Odeke is a distinguished scholar and legal expert with extensive international experience. Prof. Ademuni-Odeke holds a remarkable academic record, including:
He completed his LLB in Law from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1978. He obtained his LLM from the Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton, in 1979. In 1982, he completed his PhD in Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton.
He possesses several professional qualifications, including a Certificate in Management Curriculum from the United Nations. Prof. Ademuni-Odeke has served on the editorial boards of prestigious journals like The Denning Law Journal, Maritime Policy and Management, and DEHUKAMDER. He has held visiting professorships and scholar positions at numerous universities worldwide, including the University of Vienna, Central European University in Budapest, and Universitie Paris X. He has also been associated with the UN/IMO World Maritime University and UN/IMO International Maritime Law Institute for several years. Since 2018, Prof. Ademuni-Odeke has held the position of Professor of International Maritime Law and Policy and Special Advisor at DEHUKAM. Previously, he held positions as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton, a Fulbright/Lloyd’s of London Insurance Scholar & Visiting Professor at Tulane University Law School, and a Visiting Research Professor in International Maritime Law and Policy at Southampton Solent University. He also served as an In-House Legal Consultant at the United Nations Secretariat in New York and the UN Procurement Division. Prof. Ademuni-Odeke has an extensive list of publications, including books, articles, and chapters in books. His book titles include “The Law of International Trade,” “Bareboat Charterparties,” “International Trade HLT,” and “Commercial Law HLT,” among others.


Prof. Yücel Acer is a distinguished academic and legal expert with a wealth of experience in the field of international law. With a doctorate from the University of Bristol and a postgraduate degree from the University of Sheffield, both specializing in International Law, Prof. Acer has received a comprehensive education in his field. He also completed his undergraduate studies at Ankara University, majoring in International Relations.

Prof. Acer has held various academic positions throughout his career, including professorships at Yıldırım Beyazıt University and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. He has also served as an associate professor and assistant professor, contributing significantly to the development of the field of international relations.

In addition to his academic roles, Prof. Acer has gained valuable administrative experience. He has held positions such as department head, dean, director of institutions, and vice dean at different universities. Notably, he served as the rector of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University from 2015 to 2019, demonstrating his leadership and management skills.

Currently, Prof. Acer serves as the head of the Department of Public Law at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University. He has been involved in various administrative roles and continues to make significant contributions to the academic and legal communities. With his extensive knowledge, research expertise, and leadership qualities, Prof. Yücel Acer has established himself as a respected figure in the field of international law and academia.

Dr. Ceren Cerit Dindar

Dr. Ceren Cerit Dindar graduated with LLB from Ankara University in 2009. Following her graduation and legal internship period, she was called to Ankara Bar in 2010. She obtained her LLM degree in International Commercial and Maritime Law at Swansea University, United Kingdom in 2013. She was later awarded the degree of PhD in Maritime Law by the same university in June 2019. Her PhD research mainly focuses on legal issues concerning delivery and redelivery of the vessel in time charters. Full scholarship was provided by Turkish Ministry of Education for her LLM and PhD studies. She held the position of research assistant at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL), Swansea University during her PhD period.

Dr. Dindar is currently working as an assistant professor at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University (AYBU), Law Faculty. She is the head of the Maritime Law Department since 2022. She is also the coordinator of LLM programme in Maritime Law which has been offered at AYBU, Law Faculty since September 2021. She teaches “Carriage of Goods by Sea” and “The Law of Charterparties” modules under the LLM programme. As of 2023, she also serves as a dedicated senior researcher at DEHUKAM. She is the coordinator of the project titled “Legal Problems Relating to the Autonomous Vessels in Turkey and Potential Solutions” funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey under the “1001-Supporting Scientific and Technological Research Projects Program”. As a keen public speaker, Dr Dindar has presented papers at various conferences and has published several articles in the field of Maritime law in academic journals such as Journal of International Maritime Law.


Adnan Menderes Aydın graduated from Gazi University in 2013. After completing his military service as a reserve officer, Aydın worked in the private sector for a while and was appointed to Kahramanmaraş as a teacher in 2016.

In 2020, he was appoited to Ankara and started his education in the integrated doctoral program in Educational Administration at Hacettepe University in the same year. His areas of study include topics such as educational administration, leadership, and teacher employment.

In 2023, he started to work as “Education Coordinator” at Ankara University National Center for the Sea and Maritime Law (DEHUKAM). Additionally, he continues to work as “Content Editor” at DEHUKAM Journal of the Sea and Maritime Law.


Büşra Deniz completed her undergraduate studies at Ankara University Faculty of Law in 2020. Since 2021, she has been pursuing her master’s degree in the program “The Sea and Maritime Law,” conducted in English at Ankara University Institute of Social Sciences. Her master’s thesis focuses on “The Protection of the Marine Environment under the Bucharest Convention and the Position of Türkiye”
In addition to her academic pursuits, Büşra Deniz serves as a Researcher at DEHUKAM, contributing to various projects and studies. Currently, she is involved as a Marine Envrionment Law Expert in the “Project for Capacity Development in Marine Environment Law within the Framework of the Barcelona Convention and Other International Documents” and the “The Project for Exploring Potential Natural Sites with the Aim of Increasing the Protected Areas in Türkiye” in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change.
Furthermore, she is actively engaged as a Project Scholar in the TÜBİTAK 1001 project titled “Research on Alternative Resolution Methods in Maritime Disputes and Establishment of a Maritime Arbitration Center in Türkiye”. Büşra Deniz is proficient in advanced-level English.

emre önsöz

Emre ÖNSÖZ graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in maritime law at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. He worked as a part-time student at DEHUKAM between 2021-2022. In 2023, he began his role as a researcher at DEHUKAM.He is currently working at DEHUKAM in the field of the International Sea Law. He speaks English at advanced level.


Hakan EKİNCİ graduated from Yalova University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He worked as a project coordinator for various European Union projects from both public and civil society organizations. He has been working as a project coordinator within DEHUKAM since November 2023. He specializes in the fields of climate, environment, sustainability, and youth participation.

zeynep mirvan korunç

Zeynep Mirvan Korunç graduated with honors from the Department of American Culture and Literature at Ankara University’s Faculty of Language and History-Geography in 2020. Following her undergraduate studies, she is currently pursuing a thesis-based master’s degree in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University’s Institute of Social Sciences. As of 2021, Zeynep Mirvan Korunç is employed at the Ankara University National Center for the Sea and Maritime Law, where she works in the fields of international relations and translation.


Bilge Sena ERDEM graduated from Bilkent University Faculty of Law. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international law at Haci Bayram Veli University. In 2023, she began her role as a project researcher at DEHUKAM. She is currently working at DEHUKAM in the field of the international sea law and marine environmental law. She speaks English at advanced level.


Çağrı Ünal graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law. He worked as a part-time student at DEHUKAM between 2021-2023. He founded and served as the president of the Maritime Polar and Climate Law Research Society at Ankara University. He is currently working as researcher at DEHUKAM in the field of marine environment law. He speaks English at advanced level.


Halil İbrahim AKCAN graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 2020. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Maritime Law at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. In 2021, he started working as a research assistant at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Law, Department of Maritime Law, and continues in that position. In 2023, he began working as a part-time researcher at DEHUKAM. He is proficient in English.