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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    • 27/02/2023
    • News

    SCC Arbitration Institute issues new Arbitration Rules

    The SCC Arbitration Institute has revised its Arbitration Rules. The new rules apply to any arbitration commenced on or after 1 January 2023. This client alert sets out a brief overview of the key changes to the SCC’s Arbitration Rules.

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    • 13/12/2022
    • News

    Modernisation of the ECT: Championed by the EU, Derailed by Member States

    Although the adoption of the modernised text of the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”) was scheduled for 22 November 2022, dissatisfaction among EU Member States has derailed the proposed revision of the treaty.

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    • 09/12/2021
    • Articles

    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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