Professional Experience, Education, Professional Memberships

  • Bar Admissions
    New York State
    Turkey

  • Areas of Practice
    International Commercial and Corporate Law
    Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Arbitration)
    Tech Startup Consultancy

  • Certifications & Training
    Corporate Compliance and Ethics (New York University/ 2015)
    MediateArt (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY/ 2021)
    Mediation (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators- CIArb/ 2021)
    Mediation (Part 146 New York Unified Court System)

Dr. Gizem Alper, Esq. is a bilingual legal practitioner and academic with over 20 years of experience in cross- border legal matters. She worked and studied across three different continents and has expertise in Turkish, European and U.S. law. As such, she helps facilitate the dialogue and bridge the cultural gap in cross- border commercial transactions. She is currently the Global Editor of the Pace CISG Database at the Institute of International Commercial Law.

She earned a masters degree in European Business Law from Leiden University and U.S. Legal Practice from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She holds a P.hD degree in law from Istanbul University, where she wrote about the ultra vires doctrine as a legal tool for ensuring justice, fairness and equity- principles which are crucial to dispute management and sustainability.

She is enlisted as an arbitrator and mediator with various international institutions, including WIPO and LCIA. She is a member of Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), Arbitral Women, LCIA European Users Council, BVI Arbitration Group, New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association and Istanbul Bar Association. She also serves as the Secretary for the Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee at the City Bar of New York.

She frequently acts as a judge and arbitrator in various international moot court competitions, where she mentors students in the field of arbitration and mediation.

Representative areas include, inter alia, advising on international commercial transactions and corporate structuring- including tech- startups, mediating and arbitrating cross- border contractual disputes (specifically those related to the CISG and UNIDROIT principles), copyright infringement disputes and workplace disputes concerning C- Suite.