Can Yeginsu is a leading barrister practising in commercial litigation, international commercial and investment arbitration, civil fraud, public law and human rights, and public international law.
Described in one directory as “an outstanding advocate with impeccable judgement and formidable brainpower”, Can is ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers UK Bar, and Legal 500 as an outstanding junior in five practice areas: (i) commercial litigation; (ii) international arbitration; (iii) civil liberties and human rights; (iv) international human rights; and (v) public international law.
Frequently appearing in the Commercial Court, Administrative Court, and the Chancery Division, Can has also acted in over 40 cases in the Court of Appeal, the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and before the UN treaty bodies. In addition, he has experience acting as co-counsel in proceedings before the ECOWAS Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Turkish Constitutional Court, and the Supreme Court of The Gambia. Can is admitted to the Bar of the DIFC Courts.
In his arbitral practice, Can is regularly instructed to act as lead counsel in commercial disputes under the LCIA, ICC, LMAA, and CIArb Rules, as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. He also has extensive expertise in investor-state arbitration, a subject he teaches. Can has been shortlisted for ‘International Arbitration Junior of the Year‘ by Legal 500. He also accepts appointments as an arbitrator and has acted as a sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in several LCIA, ICC, and ad-hoc arbitrations governed by English and foreign law.
In 2019, Can was appointed by Lord Neuberger to The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, the independent body comprised of 15 international lawyers convened to advise the 50 State Members of The Media Freedom Coalition, co-chaired by Canada and the Netherlands. In 2021, Can was appointed to succeed Amal Clooney as the Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel, alongside Catherine Amirfar.
Can is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law (Washington D.C.) and Koç University Law School (Istanbul) where he teaches investor-state arbitration. Can is also Lecturer-in-Law at
Columbia Law School (New York) where he teaches international human rights law. He is the coauthor of The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice a leading practitioners’ text,
published by Oxford University Press, and Partner Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.