HOPINEU Lecture Series

The following seminars were held as part of the HOPINEU Lecture Series:


Covid-19 & Business Interruption (BI) Insurance

This seminar & certificate programme was delivered Robert Merkin QC (University of Exeter / University of Reading) and Özlem Gürses (King’s College London) on 27 November 2020 where it was discussed whether losses caused by the inability of enterprises to continue their business, especially during the pandemic, could be recoverable under business interruption insurance policies. Emphasis was placed on case law from Common Law countries such as the UK, Australia and South Africa. The event was well attended by representatives of insurance companies in Türkiye and abroad, lawyers, academics and students. The seminar was co-chaired by Samim Ünan and Ayşegül Buğra.


Precautionary Measures in Insurance

This student oriented and online lecture delivered by Prof. Samim Ünan from Galatasaray University on 19-20 November 2020 sought to tackle the problem of “the breach of contractual obligations”, one of the challenging issues of insurance law. Prof. Ünan’s talk focused on how this issue is dealt with in Turkish law and in other different legal systems, with examples for the possible consequences of contractual breaches that vary according to the type of insurance.


Insurance Fraud

In this online event held on 17 November 2020, the issue of insurance fraud was addressed by Mr. Salih Taşyon – the Insurance Information and Monitoring Center (SBM) Insurance Fraud Prevention Bureau Manager. The seminar focused on examples of insurance fraud from Türkiye and SBM’s methods for combating fraud with a particular emphasis on fraud related to motor vehicles and health.


Optional Application of the Principles of European Insurance Contract Law (PEICL)

This event was held online on 10 November 2020 where Helmut Heiss (University of Zurich / European Law Institute (ELI) Special Interest Group on Insurance Law – Co-Chair) was hosted. Heiss who has been leading a project on the harmonisation of insurance law principles in EU delivered a talk on the optional application of the Principles of European Insurance Contract Law (PEICL) the final version of which was published in 2015. The seminar was attended by representatives from insurance companies from Türkiye and abroad, lawyers, academics and students.