Yasemin Cetinel is the founding partner of Cetinel Law Firm in Istanbul, specialized in international construction law, international investment and commercial arbitration, with a specific focus on construction disputes.

She works as a counsel and she also sits as board member or arbitrator in construction disputes both at dispute board and arbitration levels.

Ms. Cetinel is a graduate of Galatasaray University, Faculty of Law. She is a candidate on the MSc degree for quantity surveying at Heriot-Watt University; and she holds a postgraduate degree in international commercial arbitration from the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. She is an attorney registered to the Istanbul Bar Association. She represents and advises contractors of various nationalities in projects or cases in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Turkic countries, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She has extensive experience on FIDIC/ICE-based contracts, EPC contracts, ad hoc construction contracts with Turkish, Middle Eastern, European and African contractors and state entities; as well as on dispute board proceedings in construction contracts. She has also been involved in numerous ICSID and/or investment arbitrations arising out of construction projects, including cases  against the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Turkmenistan and State of Libya.

She contributed to International Construction Law (second edition, edited by Lukas Klee). She is the author of the Turkish chapter of Compendium Project (funded by the Society of Construction Law Australia and supported by Melbourne University). She also contributed the chapter;Enforceability Issues of Dispute Boards: Considerations for an Efficient Practice in Turkey” to Construction Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe: Contemporary Issues (Kluwer Law International, edited by Dr Crina Baltag and Cosmin Vasile).

Ms. Cetinel serves as a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation’s Region 2 Board, and is the President of the Society of Construction Law’s Turkey chapter. She is also the standing committee member in ICC Alternative Dispute Resolution Center and contracts committee member in Confederation of International Contractors’ Association. She knows Turkish (native), English, French (professional) and Greek (non-professional).