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Prof Dr Vehbi S Ataergin

Key Sectors
  • Trade & Commodities 
  • Shipping
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Yachts & Superyachts 
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Ports & Terminals 
  • Aviation 
  • Sports
Practice Areas
  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial 
  • Corporate 
  • Consultancy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
Professor Dr Ataergin has expertise on the law of international and domestic transportation for all kind of modes (sea, rail, road, air and pipelines), international & domestic sales, maritime, admiralty, aviation, insurance, corporates, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration and mediation as a founding partner at A&T ataergintanriverdi law & consultancy.

He started his career as commercial yacht captain and after his graduation from the law school he started practicing law as a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 1986 in Istanbul. Later, he obtained his LL.M degree at Institute of Maritime Law, Southampton University. He also completed his PhD and later did Post Doc at Marmara University, Social Sciences Institute.

Currently Professor Ataergin practices in maritime & trade consultancy business at ``Consultant Wise Maritime Trade & Training`` in the UK. He, additionally, has involved in the international & domestic arbitration as an arbitrator at LMAA since 1997 and at CIArb since 2011 in London market.

Law School Shanghai Maritime University (CHINA), Istanbul U Marine Sciences Ins, Marmara U Faculty of Law, Piri Reis Maritime U, Gaziantep U Law School, Istanbul Maritime Ins (Turkey) are among the places he has taught. He was in Southampton University Institute of Maritime Law between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 and Jan 2014 - Sep 2014 as visitor for research purposes. He is also visiting academic at City University Law School for the period between Dec 2014 and April 2015. He has been the Dean of the Law School at Near East University in Cyprus since January 2016.  

He is a high rank arbitrator at STK (Insurance Arbitration Commission) on insurance disputes and a court official expert witness on trade & shipping issues in Turkish Republic.

Professor Ataergin represents a number of corporates and/or individuals domestically and internationally and is appointed as average adjustor and ship/yacht evaluation expert in the shipping industry.
  • Istanbul Bar Association
  • London Maritime Arbitrations` Association (LMAA)
  • London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Turkish Insurance Law Foundation 
  • Insurance Arbitration Commission
  • British Insurance Law Association (BILA) 
  • Marmara University Faculty of Law, Post Doctoral
  • Marmara University Social Sciences Institute, PhD
  • University of Southampton School of Law, LL.M
  • Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute, LL.M
  • Istanbul University Faculty of Law, LL.B
  • Turkish (Native)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Italian (Basic)
  • Chinese (Basic)

  • The Law of the Containers, expected to be completed in 2015
  • Maritime Law Lecture Text Book, Ist 2008 
  • Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, Ist 2007
  • International Conventions on Maritime Volume 2, Ist 2006 
  • Turkish Maritime Codes Volume1, Ist 2004
  • Shipowners` Liability and its Liability Insurance, Ist 2002
  • B/L’s Role in FOB and CIF Contracts and Receiver’s Right to Reject, Ist 1996
  • A Comparison between Hague/Visby Rules and Hamburg Rules From Perspective of the Carrier’s Liability Regime, Soton 1992 (Dissertation) (English)
  • A Special Remuneration on Marine Salvage for Saving Environment, Ist 1988 (Dissertation) (Turkish)

  • `First Turkish limitation fund court decision: intent or no intent?` Shipping & Trade Law (STL), July/August 2014 (English)
  • ‘A battle of the Codes arising in Turkey?’, Shipping & Trade Law (STL), Sep 2013 (English)
  • ‘Classification Society`s Liability against the Shipowner’, H Kalyoncu University Journal, Dec 2012 (English)
  • ‘New Developments under Turkish Marine Insurance Law’, Turkish Shipping Journal, June 2012 (Turkish)
  • ‘Does Turkey Become An Unpleasant Market For A Class Society?’, Turkish Shipping Journal, December 2011 (Turkish)
  • ‘Fire On Board Due to Unseaworthiness’, Shipping & Trade Law (STL) December 2011 (English)
  • ‘Liability of Classification Societies for he Negligence of Sub-Contractors under Turkish Law’, Journal of International Maritime Law (JIML), Vol 17, August 2011 (English)
  • ‘Unseaworthiness and Liability under Turkish Law’, Shipping & Trade Law (STL), June 2011 (English)
  • ‘Classification Societies’ Liability for An Unseaworthy Vessel’, Turkish Shipping Journal, Sep 2010 (Turkish)
  • ‘Shipowners’ Liability on Seaworthiness’, Turkish Shipping Journal, July 2010 (Turkish)
  • ‘International Maritime Labour Convention I’, Turkish Shipping Journal, July 2006 (Turkish)
  • ‘The Critisism of Draft Commercial Code II’, Turkish Shipping Journal, January 2006 (Turkish)
  • ‘The Critisism of Draft Commercial Code I’, Turkish Shipping Journal, November 2005 (Turkish)
  • ‘The Practice on Marine Insurance/Reinsurance’, Turkish Shipping Journal, March 2005 (Turkish)
  • ‘The Application of LMAA Rules’, Istanbul Bar Review, December 2004 (Turkish)
  • ‘LMAA Rules on Maritime Conflicts’, Maltepe University Review, 2004 (Turkish)
  • ‘Improved Seaman Identity’, Maltepe University Review, 2003 (Turkish)
  • ‘Comments on Some Awards in LMAA’, Istanbul Bar Review, September 2002 (Turkish)
  • ‘Turkish International Ship Registry’, Maltepe University Review, May 2002 (Turkish)
  • ‘ITF’s Influence on Turkish Shipowners’, Istanbul Bar Review, September 2001 (Turkish)
  • ‘ILO, Comments on Consolidated Maritime Labour Commission 29th session’, Istanbul Bar Review, June 2001 (Turkish)
  • ‘`TUGS”- Either Shipowners or Shipping Sector is Expected to be Saved?’, Istanbul Bar Review, December 2000 (Turkish)
  • ‘ ”arb/ga ldn eng law Y/A 74/94” clause in voyage charter party’, Istanbul Bar Review, June 2000 (Turkish)
  • ‘General Average and Antwerp Rules, 94 Amendments, I, II, III.’, ETA Shipping Magazine, May/July/Sep 1995 (3 articles respectively) (Turkish)
  • ‘Foreign Awards’ Recognition and Enforcement Procedure - Mutuality Principle/NewYork Convention’, Alesta Shipping Magazine, September 1994 (Turkish)
  • ‘Expected Readiness, Estimated Time of Arrivals, Notice of Readiness and Notice of Arrivals in Voyage Charter-Parties’, Alesta Shipping Magazine, June 1994 (Turkish)
  • ‘An English Arbitration Award’s Execution Process in Turkish Courts, Argumentum (Marmara Law Review-Periodical) April 1994, Denizatı Shipping Magazine, April/May 1994 (Turkish)