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Business and Law Research Group Members

Paulo Doron Rehder de Araujo


LLB degree and PhD in Private Law (summa cum laudae) from the University of São Paulo (USP). Professor of Private Law at FGV Law School, in São Paulo (Brazil). Visiting Scholar at Univeritá degli Studi di Torino, Italy (2019) and at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico – ITAM (2017). Chair of the Negligence and Damages Committee at the International Bar Association – IBA (2022-2023). External Evaluator in the Post Graduate Programs at the International Anti Corruption Academy (IACA). Naming partner and head of the litigation and arbitration practices at SABZ Advogados, São Paulo (Brazil). Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee – CBAr, the Institute of Private Law – IDiP, the Brazilian Institute of Real Estate Law (IBRADIM) and the São Paulo Attorneys Institute – IASP. Former public attorney at Guarulhos Municipality. Nominated as reference in litigation and arbitration in Brazil by domestic and international rankings.

Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Zeynep Ayata

Dr Zeynep Ayata is Assistant Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at Koç University Law School. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, an LLB from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and an LLM from College of Europe (Bruges) and a PhD in private law from the University of Ankara. Her research interests are European Union law; European and Turkish competition law; law and economics; law, technology, innovation, and digitalisation. She has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, at the British Institute of Comparative and International Law and a visiting researcher at the Cambridge University Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences in 2019. She was a review panel member for COST Action for two years. She is currently conducting a Jean Monnet Action funded by the EU Commission and a research project funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She has also worked in three research projects on social enterprises funded by the British Council, the European Union and the World Bank.

Alexandre Pacheco da Silva

Alexandre Pacheco da Silva is a Law Professor and Research Coordinator at FGV’s São Paulo Law School, where he coordinates the Center for Education and Research in Innovation (FGV – CERI). He is a doctor in Science and Technology Policy at State University of Campinas and holds a Master and Bachelor Degree in Law from FGV São Paulo Law School.

Cem Veziroğlu

Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at Koç University Law School; affiliate scholar at the UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development; and the editor-in chief of the NASAMER Law Blog. He holds an LL.B. degree from Galatasaray University and an LL.M. degree (magister juris) from the University of Oxford. Following his master’s studies, he co-authored a book on leveraged buy-outs and economic analysis of financial assistance prohibition. Having pursued his doctoral studies in corporate law at Istanbul University, his dissertation entitled “Contractual Freedom in Articles of Association and Its Limits in Joint-stock Company Law” was published in 2021. He participated in various international projects funded by the European Union, the World Bank and British Council. His research areas include corporate law, banking and capital markets law, arbitration law, economic analysis of law, sustainability & business law.

Eva Desana

Full professor of Commercial Law (since 2018) at University of Turin -Department of Law, Professor of Commercial Law, Bankruptcy Law, European Corporate Law, Private Economic Law

Lawyer (Turin Bar since 1998)

Founding partner of Musumeci, Altara, Desana e Associati law firm (Turin and Milan).

Arbitrator in many commercial law disputes (appointed by Camera Arbitrale del Piemonte and Camera Arbitrale di Milano)

Member of the Doctoral Board of PhD program in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Economics and Law (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Author of numerous publications on gender diversity and corporate law, on entrepreneurship, on financial markets and on listed companies

Just published: Speriamo che sia femmina: l’equilibrio fra i generi nelle società quotate e a controllo pubblico nell’esperienza italiana e comparata (Callegari, Desana, Sarale), Turin, 2021 (Let’s hope it’s a girl)

Member of CIRSDe, Centre for Gender Studies in Turin

Non-executive director of a listed company (2013-2016)

Francisco de Elizalde

Francisco de Elizalde is an Associate Professor and current Chair of Legal Studies at IE University, Law School (Spain). He focuses on Comparative Private Law, especially Contracts. He is a permanent Visiting Professor at Koç University (Turkey) and has held Visiting Professorship positions at City University of Hong Kong and FGV Sao Paulo (Brazil). Prof. Elizalde was a Visiting Scholar to the University of Cambridge and has conducted research at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Germany). He takes part of Spanish and European research projects. He practiced law at Garrigues Litigation and Arbitration Department during several years. He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association, of the American Society of Comparative Law and of the European Law Institute. Prof. Elizalde is the head of the EU-financed Jean Monnet Module “Liability of Robots: a European Vision for a New Legal Regime”.

Gianmaria Ajani

Gianmaria Ajani is Professor of Comparative Law and Law & Art at the University of Turin, Italy and past Rector of the same University. He taught EU Law at UC Berkeley and advised various international organisations such as the IMF, EU Commission, Council of Europe, UNDP, GIZ and the ILO. He served as expert on legal reforms in PRChina, Russia, Albania, Kosovo, Vietnam. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal “Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law“. He received an honorary doctorate from the Université de Savoie. He is Guest Professor at the University of Bergen and Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Normal University and Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Law as Culture“ in Bonn. Major publications: Contemporary Artificial Art and the Law. Searching for an Author, Brill Research Papers, Art and Law, 2019; Russian Liberalism and the Rule of Law, (Cucciolla ed.) Dimensions and Challenges of Russian Liberalism, 2019; Transplants, Legal Borrowings and Reception, Encyclopedia of Law and Society, 2007; Law and Economic Reform in the Transition from Plan to Market“, Int. Encycl. of Comparative Law, 2006; Das Recht der Laender Osteuropas, Berliner Wissenschafts Verlag, 2005.

Işık Önay

Dr. Işık Önay is an assistant professor of civil law at Koç University Law School. He holds an LLB from Koç University Law School, an LLM from Queen Mary University of London and a PhD from Istanbul University. He started working as a research assistant at Koç University in 2008 and has worked as an assistant professor since his appointment in 2014. His research interests pertain to all fields of civil law with a particular focus on law of obligations.

Özgün Çelebi

Özgün Çelebi is an assistant professor of civil law at Koç University Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from Galatasaray University in 2005 as valedictorian. She was granted a research scholarship by the French government for LLM studies and obtained her LLM degree from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University as valedictorian in 2006. She conducted her doctoral studies under the research scholarship granted by Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and received her Ph.D. degree in private law from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University in 2010, where she also worked as a teaching assistant between 2006-2011. Before joining Koç University in 2017, she worked several years as the team leader of the arbitration department at Esin Attorney Partnership, a leading law firm based in Istanbul. She has publications on contract law, tort law, family law and commercial arbitration.

Paulo C Goldschmidt

Graduated in Business Administration at Federal University of Minas Gerais. Master of Business Administration at Michigan State University. Ph.D. in Business Administration at FGV. Senior professor at FGV. Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University. Editor of the Business Administration Journal of FGV. Associate Dean for Continuing Education Program at FGV São Paulo Business School. Chairman of FGV Marketing Department. Vice Dean for Financial and Administrative Affairs at FGV São Paulo Business School. Vice Dean for Financial and Administrative Affairs at FGV São Paulo Law School. Business consultant in marketing, finance, organization and strategic planning. Vice President of Finance at VASP Brazilian Airlines. President and CEO of the São Paulo Subway – METRO. Vice President for Latin America at the International Association of Public Transportation – UITP. Author of several training games in the areas of business, marketing and law office management. Published several articles in specialized journals in Brazil. Co-author of books in the area of Anticorruption, Compliance and Money Laundering. Head of the Group of Study on Anticorruption at FGV São Paulo Law School.

Rosa María Rojas Vértiz Contrerasma

Rosa is a Mexican lawyer with a LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London Schools of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIJ-UNAM).

She practised extensively as a transactional lawyer in the Banking and Finance Group of a leading Mexican firm. Then she joined the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico. Currently she is a part-time professor and researcher at ITAM.

Rosa has participated as speaker on insolvency and business law issues on panels, conferences and seminars within Mexico, in New York, Tokyo, Spain, Turkey and Latin America; and has publications in the Boletín Mexicano de Derecho Comparado, Springer Nature, Wolters Kluwer, Bosch Mexico, Tirant Lo Blanch and in The Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

Since 2021 Rosa has coordinated many private law courses at the School for Federal Judges in Mexico many courses and seminars to train federal judges and law clerks.

Professor Sylvia Papadopoulos

Sylvia Papadopoulos is a full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Private Law as well as the acting director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law at the University of Pretoria. She holds the degrees BLC, LLB, LLM (cum laude) and LLD from the University of Pretoria. Her thesis was entitled “Selected Aspects of E-Commerce, Digital Content and Consumer Protection in South Africa.” She is also an admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.


Professor Papadopoulos specializes in the fields of Law & Technology, Cyber Law, Digital Law and/or Internet Law and has published a number of peer-reviewed national and international publications, presented at both national and international conferences and has made regular appearances on television and radio. She is also an author and the editor of a leading book on these topics entitled Cyberlaw @ SA III: The Law of the Internet in South Africa (2012), the recently published Cyberlaw @ SA IV: The Law of the Internet in South Africa (Jan 2022) published by Van Schaiks ( International publications include a monograph on South African Data Privacy Law for the International Encyclopaedia of Privacy and Technology Law (Privacy and Data Protection). Professor Papadopoulos has advised the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on limited aspects of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013. She has participated (by invite) in sessions with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) 51st session New York in 2015. Professor Papadopoulos has been engaged in external research projects on age ratings in games and online content with the Films and Publications Board and collaborated with the Attorney General Alliance Africa on aspects of technology and law, privacy and consumer protection.

Maria Lucia Labate Mantovanini Padua Lima

Graduated in Business Administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas São Paulo (FGV/EAESP), Doctor in Economics at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1995), Post-Doctoral Program at Georgetown University Law Center (2008), and Professor at FGV-SP since 1987. Participated on Special Topics in Development Projects in the Economic European Community (EEC) in 1988; was a Visiting Researcher at Universittà Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy (1990/1991). Attendant Credit Risk Management Specialization Program at New York University, USA (1994) and also Financial Topics in International Business at University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Was an external trade coordinator for the Ministry of Finance (1985/1987), took part in the international economic consulting group for the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1992/1994), was a coordinator for International Affairs at FGV/EAESP (1991/1998), was an Executive Secretary of State Council for Social and Economic Development of State of Sao Paulo (1996/1998) and is a member of Academy of International Business. Was a Coordinator of the Center of International Strategic Studies at FGV/EAESP (2002/2007). Associate Dean for International Affairs Office at FGV Direito SP since May 2007.

Michael Nietsch

Michael Nietsch holds the Chair for Private Law, Company Law and Securities Regulation at EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Previously he was Associate Professor at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz (Centre for German and International Laws of Financial Services). Michael also is director of the Centre for Corporate Compliance at EBS Law School. His research and publications deal with topics of German and international law. They give emphasis to requirements of legal compliance and liability of companies and their directors and officers. He also works extensively in the field of banking- and financial regulation. Main areas of interest here are the prevention of market abuse, in particular insider dealing and consumer finance contracts. Increasing attention is given to sustainable finance and digitial transformation. Michael is a frequent rapporteur to congresses and has taught nationally and internationally. He is a member to numerous associations of legal professionals and legal scholars and provides advice to regulators on a frequent basis.

Mehmet Polat Kalafatoglu

Dr. M. Polat Kalafatoglu is an assistant professor at Koç University Law School where he teaches Private International Law, International Commercial Arbitration Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Graduated from Galatasaray University Law School, he continued his studies in Paris with a master’s and PhD degree. He was as a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for IP and Competition Law in Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg. He also realized several internships in reputable law firms in Turkey and France. His PhD thesis entitled “Arbitrability in the field of Industrial Property, a study on international arbitration” received the honorary price H. Capitant of Chancellerie des Universités de Paris and has been published in 2018.

Before joining Koç University in 2016, he served as a legal case manager at WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Internet domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

Zeynep Derya Tarman

Zeynep Derya Tarman is a full-time Professor at Koç University Law School. She teaches International Private Law and International Commercial Arbitration at the Law School. She also delivers Fundamentals of Contract Law, Dispute Resolution Methods and International Business Law in the Executive MBA program of which she conducts the law module, and the Executive Education Programs at GSB as well.

Derya Tarman holds a law degree from the University of Istanbul and LLM degrees in international business law in the Netherlands and Germany. Derya Tarman earned a PhD in Private Law at Constance University in Germany. She has been working as a full-time faculty member at Koc University Law School since 2007. After starting at Koc University she conducted research at Max Planck Institutes in Hamburg and Luxembourg. She took part in the Harvard University-Koç University Visiting Scholar Program and published her book on the applicable law on unfair competition.

Yasin Alperen Karaşahin

Dr. Yasin Alperen Karaşahin is an Assistant Professor of Civil Law at Koç University. He obtained his law degree from İ.D. Bilkent University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Lucerne. His main research areas are contract law, tort law and property law with a special emphasis on secured transactions.

Wanderley Fernandes

Professor of business and contract law at FGV Direito SP, in undergraduate, executive, and pos-graduation programs. Adjunct coordinator of the Professional Master Program at FGV Direito SP, visiting professor at the graduate programs of the School of Law of the University of São Paulo, visiting professor at Koç University, Istanbul (2014), and at the University of Cape Town (2015 ), member of the Law School Global League business, compliance and anti-corruption research groups, member of the FGV Direito SP anti-corruption research group, participant of the law, finance and accounting research groups, member of the Ethics Committee (2015-2016) and the Diversity Committee (2017-2019) of FGV Direito SP. Advisor to the São Paulo Bar Association in the Infrastructure Commission. Lawyer and arbitrator in commercial matters. Legal opinions in arbitration and judicial proceedings in Brazil and abroad. Head of legal, governance and environmental department of SPIC Brasil, an energy generator company. Author of books, articles and collective works on contracts, business and energy law.

Francesca Bichiri

Francesca Bichiri is a Research Fellow at the Department of Law, University of Turin where she is involved in the research project Entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. Analysis of the ecosystem of innovation in the agrifood sector’, which is part of the larger European project ‘RIS Inspire’ of EIT food.

She is also a PhD student in Law, the Individual and the Market at the same Faculty. She has been a Visiting Phd Student at the University of Luxembourg and the Commercial Law Centre, based at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. As part of her PhD, her field of research mainly concerns investment services, investor protection instruments and new technologies in finance.

Also, in connection with her passion for innovation in law, she is also a research fellow at the Turin Observatory of Economic Law and Innovation and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law, Market and Innovation.