Defne Örnek focuses on all aspects of EU law, competition law and international trade law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Defne gained experience working in a boutique law firm specialised in corporate law and competition law in Istanbul. She also worked in an international organisation as an Assistant Legal Advisor focusing on contract law, arbitration and litigation for two years.


Turkish, English, French


  • Harvard Law School, USA, Master of Laws, 2021
  • Anadolu University, Turkey, Bachelor of Economics, 2019
  • Leiden Law School, The Netherlands, Advanced LL.M. in European and International Business Law, 2018
  • Galatasaray University, Turkey, Bachelor of Laws, 2016

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