Dr Yagmur Hortoglu


Lecturer/ Assistant Professor


Dr Yağmur Hortoğlu joined the Department of Law in July 2021 as an Assistant Professor in Private Law. Her current research focuses primarily on arbitration law and private international law. She retains a keen interest in the interaction between Law and Psychology.
Prior to joining Maynooth University, Dr Yağmur Hortoğlu was a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at New York University, School of Law (USA). Within the framework of the post-doctoral programme, Yağmur was affiliated with the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law and worked on the question of "Fraud and Arbitration Law: The Case of Arbitral Fraud and How to Fight Against It". She has also been a Teaching/Research Assistant at Sorbonne Law School and Cergy-Pontoise University in France and taught private international law, introduction to civil law, family law, tort law and corporate law.   

Dr Yağmur Hortoğlu holds a bachelor’s degree with a specialization on Private Law and a master’s degree in Private International Law and International Business Law from Sorbonne Law School (France). She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology from East London University (UK). For her Ph.D. thesis (summa cum laude) entitled “Fraud and Arbitration”, which she prepared under the co-supervision of Professor Mathias Audit (Sorbonne University) and Professor Franco Ferrari (New York University) at Sorbonne Law School, Yağmur worked on various fraudulent acts that can occur in arbitration and the ways to fight against these practices that she qualified as "arbitral fraud". 

In 2008, Yağmur was awarded merit-based excellence scholarship granted by the French Government. She has also been a laureate of scholarships from the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in 2017 and then the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg in 2018. Last year, she was selected to participate to the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the Hague Academy of International Law. Within this framework, she currently prepares a paper on the law governing the issue of legal privilege in commercial arbitration. 

At Maynooth University, Dr Yağmur Hortoğlu will teach Contract Law. She will also teach Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Contract Law courses with the Law Department's Dual Degree which is run with the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy). 
Outside Maynooth, Yağmur holds a Chair at the Academic Council of R.E.A.L. (Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers) based in New York. She is also an international editor at Cambridge Law Review. Furthermore, since 2017, Yağmur Hortoğlu has been acting as a legal counsel before the European Court of Human Rights for Turkish applicants. Since March 2020, Dr Yağmur Hortoğlu is a media contributor on Turkish television news and radio programs to share opinions on topical legal subjects.